Hamas gave Egypt preliminary approval for Palestinian reconciliation deal: report
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Hamas has reportedly given preliminary approval to an Egyptian document that would end the Palestinian rift, Arabic-language Sky News said Friday evening.
Egyptian officials met with a Hamas delegation currently visiting Cairo for talks on reconciliation with Fatah during which Gaza Strip’s ruling faction allegedly gave their approval for the deal’s initial document.
While attempting to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to stop the conflict in Gaza, Egypt has also attempted to mediate between Fatah and Hamas who continue to argue over a number of matters.
Hamas’ agreement to the preliminary reconciliation document is the first major success for the Egyptian efforts towards intra-Palestinian peace.
The last reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah was signed in 2017 but failed to be fully implemented.
The Hamas delegation consisted of a number of senior officials, including the head of the political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, Hossam Badran, Mousa Abu Marzouk, Khalil al-Hayya, and Izzat al-Rishq among others.
Cairo is also planning to receive a delegation from the West Bank’s ruling Fatah faction as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in coming days to discuss the document.
Ultimately, Egypt is preparing for a meeting to be held which will include all Palestinian factions sitting at the same table for talks.
The Egyptian source told Sky News that the aim of the talks is ending division between the Palestinian factions and implementing a reconciliation deal based on the comprehensive 2011 agreement, including discussions on items such as government, security, and elections.
Earlier this month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas where he reportedly urged the PA to accept grounds for reconciliation with Hamas.
It is the latest in Sissi's rumored attempts to facilitate reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions, as well seeing to calming tensions along Gaza's border with Israel.
Reports claimed that the Egyptian leader had urged the Fatah leader to accept conditions of "gradual reconciliation" and to gain back control over the Gaza Strip which was seized by Hamas in 2007.
As part of a ceasefire deal with Israel, Abbas must take responsibility for the Strip and reinstate payments to Hamas officials, as well as reinstate infrastructure plans through the United Nations, in steps to gradually reconcile with the Islamist group.
The relationship between Fatah and Hamas is at an all time low, with Abbas accusing the rulers of Gaza of sharing values with Israel, as well as leaving him out of the ceasefire negotiations.
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