Egypt proposes Feb 22 for Palestinian unity talks

Egypt has proposed Feb. 22 as the date for the start of a dialogue between Palestinian groups, several of the groups said in reports published on Tuesday.

Egypt proposes Feb 22 for Palestinian unity talks

Foreign Minister Ahmed Abou Gheit of Egypt, which has been mediating between the groups, told reporters: "We will invite the Palestinian groups. We hope we will succeed in this in the third week or at the end of the third week of February."

The leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), in a statement quoted by the Egyptian state news agency MENA, said Egyptian mediator Omar Suleiman "emphasised the importance of preparing the climate for the comprehensive national dialogue on Feb. 22".

Bilal Kassem, an official of the small Palestine Liberation Front, told the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat: "Egypt will issue invitations to a comprehensive Palestinian national dialogue on Feb. 22."

The two reports gave few details but the dialogue is expected to take place in Egypt under the auspices of the Egyptian government, one of the few in the world which has working relationships with all the parties.

Ayman Taha, an official of the Islamist movement Hamas, told Reuters Feb. 22 was a date under discussion and not final.

"This is among the ideas under discussions and to which we will give some responses in due course," he added.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the European Union see Palestinian reconciliation as one of the keys to progress towards an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza and towards a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


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