EGYPT WELCOMES HAMAS-FATAH POLITICAL RECONCILIATION

CAIRO, Egypt, Egypt welcomed, on Sunday, the agreement between Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements, to end a decade-long political rift.

Report said that, Egypt welcomes the stances of the Fatah and Hamas movements, regarding Egypt’s efforts, to unite the Palestinian people and end the current division.

According to report, Egypt would continue contacts with the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and all Palestinian factions, to serve the Palestinian interests and cause.

Repeated reconciliation attempts have failed, since the Hamas militants drove forces loyal to Abbas, out of the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after defeating Fatah in parliamentary elections.

The takeover led to rival governments, with Hamas controlling Gaza and Abbas in charge of autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Earlier in the day, the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules Gaza, agreed with President Abbas’s Fatah party, to reconcile, form a unity government and prepare for the general parliamentary and presidential elections.

The Hamas announcement came, following eight days of a dialogue in Cairo, between senior Egyptian security intelligence officials and a senior Hamas delegation, headed by the top leaders of the movement, including Ismail Haneya, Hamas politburo chief.

On Friday, a Fatah delegation joined the reconciliation dialogue that Egypt has been sponsoring.

It also said that, the Hamas movement is ready to response to the Egyptian invitation, to resume the dialogue soon, with Fatah Party, on the mechanisms of the full implementation of the Cairo Reconciliation Agreement, that was reached between the two sides in May, 2011.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK