Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called on the Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo next week under the auspices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to agree on steps to end the division and draw up a road map for the next phase.
The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said that the general secretaries of the Palestinian factions were invited to meet next week in Cairo under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas.
According to the newspaper, the meeting will discuss agreement on the necessary steps to end the division, the unity of the Palestinian ranks, and the development of a road map for the next stage.
And at the dawn of last May 21, the implementation of the ceasefire began between the Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel, with Egyptian and international mediation, after the aggression launched by Tel Aviv on the Strip for a period of 11 days.
A high Egyptian delegation in Gaza
Egypt is leading a movement to facilitate the entry of relief aid by opening the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, as well as stabilizing the calm by sending the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, to Ramallah, Gaza and Tel Aviv in this regard.
Kamel met with the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza, and briefed it on his discussions with officials in Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, on a visit that lasted for several hours to the besieged strip.
Kamel met with the head of the Hamas movement in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and the movement’s leadership in the Gaza Strip in a closed meeting. He also met, in another meeting, representatives of the movement and Palestinian factions in the city.
The Egyptian official also discussed with the leadership of “Hamas” the issue of returning to the reconciliation path, which was stalled following the decision of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the legislative elections that were scheduled for May 22.
A remarkable development
Kamel also presented to President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas leadership in Gaza Cairo’s willingness to host meetings of the general secretaries of the factions in order to resume reconciliation efforts.
Sources close to Hamas described to Al-Jazeera Net the meeting between Kamel and his accompanying delegation and the movement’s leadership that it was “intimate”, and reflected the remarkable development in the relationship of the two parties.
In this regard, Cairo received on Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, the first official of this level to visit Egypt in 13 years.