Hamas plans to send a delegation to Egypt on Monday for the first diplomatic talks since the launch of a 10-day-old Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, an official of the Islamist group said.
Hamas official Ayman Taha said a Hamas delegation would head to Cairo answering an Egyptian invitation to hold discussions.
A senior Palestinian official said on Friday that Egypt had launched contacts with Hamas to achieve a truce.
The Hamas visit to Egypt would coincide with the expected visit there of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has also launched a European-backed diplomatic push for a ceasefire.
Taha did not say whether the delegation would include Hamas members from Israeli-blockaded Gaza or from elsewhere.
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