Abbas, Palestinian factions start unity talks in Egypt

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas alongside other Palestinian factions started the reconciliation talks in the Egyptian city of Al-Alamin. اضافة اعلان

Abbas arrived in the coastal city on Saturday, to meet the general secretaries of other Palestinian factions over the long-proposed unity talks that he called for on July 3.

Heightened tensions
It is understood Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah, which he already met with last week in Ankara at a special meeting organized by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will attend the meeting, which comes at a time of heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Two factions, Islamic Jihad and the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), said they wouldn't attend the talks. Islamic Jihad officials say the Palestine Authority must first of all release their members that are held by Palestinian security forces.

President Abbas is also set to meet Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi where he is expected to discuss the outcome of the talks.

The rift in Palestinian politics begun in 2007 when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip. Since then, many attempts at reconciliation were made, especially by Egypt, but these proved to be fruitless.

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