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Egyptian intelligence delegation discusses reconciliation efforts with Abbas in W. Bank

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Sep 2018
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A delegation from Egypt's General Intelligence Service met with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday to discuss efforts to revive Palestinian reconciliation, the Palestinian news and information agency reported.

The delegation, composed of deputies Amr Hanafy and Ayman Badie, conveyed greetings from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to President Abbas, and stressed Egypt's steadfast stance in support of the Palestinian people and their struggle to end the occupation and establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, the agency said.

The delegation also conveyed greetings from the Egyptian General Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel, reaffirming Egypt’s sponsorship of efforts to end the division and achieve reconciliation, in order to strengthen Palestinian national unity within the framework of a single Palestinian legitimacy headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian president affirmed the Palestinian people's confidence in the Egyptian role in supporting the Palestinians and their struggle to achieve national goals, adhering to Egyptian sponsorship in order to end the division and achieve reconciliation.

The sides agreed to continue the communication between the Palestinian and Egyptian leaderships and the coordination of efforts to achieve national reconciliation and overcome any obstacles in the coming days, in order to close the chapter of division and to strengthen Palestinian national unity.

The meeting was attended by the secretary-general of the Palestinian presidency, Al-Tayeb Abdel Rahim, and a number of members of the central committee of the Fatah movement.

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