Hamas meets with Palestinian factions to unify positions ahead of Cairo meeting: Reports

Habiba Hamdy , Tuesday 25 Jul 2023

Palestine's Hamas movement held bilateral meetings and discussions with different Palestinian factions ahead of their meeting in Cairo in late July, reported Palestinian news agency Al-Quds on Monday.

Saleh al-Arouri
File Photo: Hamas deputy political chief Saleh al-Arouri. AP


The factions discussed mechanisms to achieve unified results at the upcoming Cairo meeting to support the Palestinian cause and resist Israeli occupation, Al-Quds reported.

The meetings also addressed the dangers presented by recent escalations, such as the recent Israeli attack on the Jenin Camp in the West Bank.

Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Saleh El-Arouri met with leaders of the most prominent Palestinian factions, such as the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC) Talal Naji, Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Fahd Suleiman and Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Secretary-General Ziyad El-Nakhala.

Earlier on Sunday, El-Nakhala had threatened to boycott the Cairo meeting due to the arrest of members of PIJ in the West Bank by Palestinian Authority (PA).

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

According to a statement released by Hamas and quoted by Al-Quds, all Palestinian factions affirmed their stand against political detention in the West Bank and stressed the necessity to release all detainees for the success of the Cairo meeting.

Meanwhile, Head of Hamas National Relations Office Hussam Badran held a parallel meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Jamil Muzher and the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Mustafa Barghouthi, as well as other factions.

Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with a delegation from Hamas on Tuesday, according to multiple Palestinian media reports quoting the Spokesperson for the Fatah movement Monther El-Hayek.

“Fatah and the president affirm their keenness to overcome obstacles and make the meeting of the secretaries-general in Cairo a success in order to end the division," El-Hayek said.

Fatah is the largest faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), followed by the PFLP, and is chaired by Mahmoud Abbas.

Tensions have been high between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas due to the reported arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank.

The meeting will take place on the same day as Abbas’ planned meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Abbas is also scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during his visit to Cairo.

Cairo Meeting

The Cairo meeting, called by Palestinian President Abbas, is set to be held on 30 July between Palestinian factions’ secretaries-general to address the recent Israeli attack in Jenin.

On Sunday, Al-Arabiya reported that the Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel had met the previous day with a PFLP delegation to discuss the importance of ending the divisions among Palestinian factions and restoring national unity.

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