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Egypt's President Sisi talks peace efforts with Palestinian counterpart in Cairo

Calm was restored in the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip after violence flared last week, reportedly due to a truce between the two sides mediated by Cairo

Ahram Online , Monday 9 May 2016
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, January 14, 2015 (Reuters)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is due to hold talks with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo during a two-day visit by the latter to the Egyptian capital, state news agency MENA said.

Talks between the two leaders will focus on "efforts to push forward the peace process" with the Israelis amid a recent flare-up of violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

Violence erupted along the frontier on Wednesday as Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters exchanged fire and Israeli warplanes bombed targets in areas in the northern and southern part of the enclave, ruled by the Islamist Hamas group.

A senior Hamas official in exile, Moussa Abu Marzouk, said calm was restored after Egypt intervened to mediate a truce with Israel following 24 hours of fighting.

Cairo brokered a truce that ended a 50-day conflict in 2014 which killed over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel.

Abbas arrived in Cairo on Sunday and met later in the day with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the pair discussed efforts to support the Palestinian issue and preparations for an international peace conference France will host on May 30 in a bid re-launch talks between Palestinians and Israelis by the end of the year.


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