Egypt intelligence chief meets with PFLP ahead of Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo

Habiba Hamdy , Sunday 23 Jul 2023

Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel met on Saturday with a delegation from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the second largest faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), reported Al-Arabiya.

A photo circulated on media for the meeting between Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) and the PFLP


The two officials met ahead of a meeting between Palestinian factions’ secretary generals scheduled to be held in Cairo on 30 July.

They discussed the requirements for making the meeting successful and the importance of ending the division and restoring Palestinian national unity.

Kamel met with the delegation headed by Deputy Secretary-General of the PFLP Jamil Mezher, where they reviewed the faction’s position with regard to the current challenges and dangers facing the Palestinian cause.

They also discussed means of bolstering Palestinian people’s resilience and achieving their national rights.

Kamel affirmed Egypt's support for the Palestinian people as well as its keenness to make the upcoming conference a success.

The GIS chief added that Egypt will provide all facilities to ensure the conference’s success.

For its part, the PFLP delegation affirmed its appreciation for Egypt's efforts and support for the Palestinian people and their rights, hailing Egypt’s continuous role in seeking to end the division.

The meeting is being held in response to a call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following the deadly Israeli attack on the Jenin camp in the West Bank.

Widening rift

Leaders of several Palestinian factions welcomed the invitation to attend the conference, which aims to discuss the recent Israeli attacks.

However, the Palestinian factions have a widening rift over whether to attend. Both Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining their members in the West Bank.

PIJ Secretary General Ziyad Al-Nakhala has warned that the Palestinian authority’s arrest of his movement’s members in the West Bank places the planned meeting in Cairo at risk of failure.

On Sunday, Al-Nakhala said in press remarks that the PIJ would not attend unless the Palestinian authority releases the detainees.

Achieving national unity

Hamas, however, announced Sunday that it will participate in the meeting, affirming that the movement will spare no effort to make it a success.

Hamas Political Bureau member Khalil Al-Hayya said the Cairo meeting represents a “great chance to advance the situation in Palestine and achieve national unity.”

Egypt has previously hosted a number of meetings to foster unity between Palestinian factions. Egypt has also brokered several ceasefire deals between Israel and the Palestinian factions over the past years against the backdrop of Israeli aggression.

Ahead of the meeting, the Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo, Diab Al-Louh, has urged all Arab allies to aid in reconstructing the Jenin camp that was damaged by recent Israeli attacks.

Meanwhile, the ambassador reaffirmed the State of Palestine’s commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative and the two-state solution.

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