The head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and a delegation from the movement’s leadership arrived in Cairo at the invitation of the Egyptian leadership to hold dialogues on various political and field developments.
The movement said – in a press statement – that the delegation includes, in addition to Haniyeh, his deputy, Saleh al-Arouri, and 6 members of the movement’s political bureau, and this is the first time that Haniyeh has visited Egypt since he left the Gaza Strip at the end of 2019.
Officials in the Palestinian factions announced yesterday, Monday, that they had received an Egyptian invitation to hold a national dialogue in the capital, Cairo, to discuss mechanisms for achieving internal reconciliation and ending the division.
Other meetings will also be held with Egyptian intelligence officials, to discuss files related to the truce and the file of the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptian call came within the framework of Cairo’s efforts to consolidate the ceasefire agreement between the Palestinian factions and Israel following the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip last month, and to advance reconstruction efforts.
In another context, Hamas condemned the recent statements of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding Israel’s right to defend itself and accusing the movement of organizing in terrorism.
And Hamas said – in a statement – that Blinken “with his statements gave the green light to the Israeli occupation to continue its aggression against our people by talking about their right to self-defense.”