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Tantawi and Abbas discuss Egypt support for Palestine

Egypt's military interim leaders turn to the country's role in Palestinian affairs

MENA, Thursday 7 Apr 2011
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Egyptian General-Commander of the Armed Forces and Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi met Thursday with the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "Abu Mazen" and his delegation.

The meeting discussed how Egypt may be able to support the Palestinian cause under the country's currently turbulent circumstances as well as the implications of these changes.

By meeting, both sides are stressing the importance of continued dialogue between them in an effort to narrow down differences to solve the rift between Hamas and Fatah, thereby ending the rupture in Palestinian politics.

The meeting also covered the dimensions of the Palestinian-Israeli situation, stressing the necessity of exerting effort to revive the peace process - crucial in light of the turbulent events unfolding in the region.

For his part, Abu Mazen acknowledged the strong ties that bind Palestine and Egypt, hoping Egypt would overcome the current circumstances and retrieve its Arab and regional role.

Present in the meeting was Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Sami Anan, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil El-Arabi, Egyptian Intelligence Chief General Murad Mowafi, some members of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo.

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