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Hamas-Fatah reconciliation dialogue in Cairo 'to succeed or to succeed': Hamas figure

Ahram Online , Friday 6 Oct 2017
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Hamas media official Taher Al-Nono said on Friday that the organisation is going to the Cairo reconciliation dialogue meeting next week with the option of "to succeed or to succeed," Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

Al-Nono also said that everyone should contribute to the success of the dialogue, MENA reported.

Hamas and Fatah leaders are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss further moves in reconciliation, which is set to include another comprehensive meeting for all Palestinian factions to activate a reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo in 2015.

The meeting comes upon an invitation from Egyptian intelligence chief and presidential special envoy Khaled Fawzy last week.

The reconciliation talks started in Cairo in September with the attendance of leaders from both Palestinian movements.

Fawzy then visited Gaza and Ramallah to oversee the implementation of the national reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh accepted the invitation, saying it gives hope for Palestinians to "forever turn the page on the dispute."

As a first step on the track to Palestinian reconciliation, Hamas is set to hand over power in the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian unity government.

Last week, Prime Minister Rami El-Hamdallah chaired the first meeting of the Palestinian cabinet in Gaza for three years, in a move towards reconciliation between the two groups.

Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 in fighting with Fatah forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and has ruled the besieged strip of 2 million people since then.

 

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