Fatah's reconciliation delegation arrives in Cairo for talks

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

The Fatah delegation arrived from Doha after two-day talks with rival Hamas

Hamas and Fatah
A file photo of Senior Hamas official and delegation leader Moussa Abu Marzouk (R) talks with Fatah official and delegation leader Azzam Ahmed (L) in Cairo August 13, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A delegation from the Palestinian Fatah movement arrived in Cairo Tuesday evening to hold meetings with Egyptian officials and provide updates on the latest reconciliation talks in Doha between the movement and its rival Hamas, MENA reported.

According to Fatah sources, the delegation headed by Azzam Ahmed came to Cairo to share the results of the two-day talks in Doha between the rival Palestinian groups.

The round of reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas started in Qatar’s capital two days ago.

Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported two days ago that Hamas and Fatah had reached an agreement regarding a number of issues, including the Rafah crossing's security arrangements.

According to Ma’an, the two sides agreed that Fatah’s Presidential Guard would take charge of the Rafah crossing (which connects the Gaza Strip to Egypt's Sinai) while allowing Hamas staff to continue to work there, as well.

However, disputes remain between the two groups, with Hamas accusing Fatah of preventing the government from paying the salaries of its 50,000 employees who have been on the books since the Islamists seized power in Gaza in 2007.

Fatah, meanwhile, accuses Hamas of maintaining a rival government and refusing to cede the management of Gaza's borders.

Tensions between Egypt and Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, flared when former Islamist president and Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Egyptian government has accused Hamas of helping Islamist militants in Egypt's North Sinai, which borders Gaza. Hamas denies this.

In statements to pan-Arab Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper earlier Sunday, Hamas representative Ali Baraka revealed that the basis for the reconciliation talks in Doha was the reconciliation agreement signed by the Palestinian factions in May 2011.

Baraka added that the two rival powers now need to form a unity government. 

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