Palestine's Abbas to visit Cairo on Friday

Ahram Online, Monday 18 Aug 2014

Mahmoud Abaas to discuss ceasefire initiative with El-Sisi

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Reuters)

The Palestinian ambassador to Egypt has announced that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Cairo next Friday for a two-day visit, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported Monday.

Gamal Al-Shobky said that Abbas will meet with his Egyptian countepart Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in Cairo's endeavours to finalise a Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Shobky, the Palestinian Arab League permanent representative, noted that the bilateral meeting will also discuss the planned conference on the reconstruction of the war-torn coastal enclave, expected to be held in Cairo by September.

Israel's offensive against Gaza, which began on 8 July, has led to the death of 2,016 Palestinians and the injury of 10,196 others. A total of 64 soldiers and three civilians were also killed on the Israeli side.


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