World Bulletin / News Desk
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh held talks on Wednesday with a host of Palestinian figures to discuss inter-Palestinian reconciliation and relations with Egypt.
The meeting dwelt on reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah group of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ways of ending the stalemate in efforts to heal the Palestinian rift, Haniyeh's media adviser Taher al-Nunu told a press conference.
Hamas's relations with neighboring countries, particularly Egypt were also discussed, he added.
Attendees "reaffirmed the strength of relations with Egypt and other Arab countries," al-Nunu said.
Since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, relations between Hamas – an ideological offshoot of the Brotherhood – and Egypt's new military-backed rulers have deteriorated.
Egyptian media accuses Hamas of "interfering in Egypt's internal affairs" and providing support to the Muslim Brotherhood – claims dismissed by both the Brotherhood and Hamas.
Haniyeh had received news of his ill granddaughter Amal's death during the meeting.
Journalist Mustafa al-Sawaf, who attended the meeting, said that Haniyeh had smiled and delivered a brief prayer after hearing the news.
"He was keen to continue the meeting, but other attendees insisted that he should go," al-Sawaf added.
ABBAS OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO HANIYEH
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and an Egyptian intelligence official have offered their condolences to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh over his granddaughter's death.
Abbas telephoned the Hamas leader to condole with him over the death of his one-year-old granddaughter, the official Wafa news agency reported.
An Egyptian intelligence official also telephoned Haniyeh to offer his condolences, the Gaza government said on its Facebook page.
Amal Haniyeh, who had been fighting a serious illness for the past ten days, was pronounced dead in a Gaza City hospital on Tuesday.
Amal, the daughter of Haniyeh's eldest son, has been clinically dead since November 18. She was moved last week to Israel's Schneider Children's Medical Center for treatment of a digestive infection that had damaged her brain.
The family, however, later decided to bring her home after being told her condition was incurable.Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 10:02