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Egypt Hosts Meeting between Fatah, Hamas, Slams New Israeli Settlement Plans

SMA News – Egypt

Egypt is hosting a new round of talks between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements in Cairo to discuss elections, which have not been held in nearly 14 years.

Very few details were disclosed about the discussions that were launched Monday between delegations of the two movements, however, an Egyptian source familiar with the meetings told Asharq Al-Awsat that they were aimed at making progress over the elections.

The polls need the approval of the leaders of the remaining Palestinian factions that will meet at a later time.

The Hamas delegation was led by the movement’s politburo member Saleh al-Arouri and leader Khalil al-Hayya, while Fatah’s included Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, and committee members Ahmed Helles and Rawhi Fattouh.

Hamas announced on Sunday that the talks aim to address the Palestinian reconciliation, and the meeting is an effort to reach a “comprehensive national agreement.”

The movement is keen to reach successful outcomes regarding the partnership with all the factions to form a joint national front that is able to tackle the challenges facing the Palestinian cause.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign ministry denounced Israel’s decision to receive contractor bids to build 1,257 new settlement units in Jerusalem, saying it constitutes a new violation of international agreements and relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, expressed concern that these decisions can undermine chances of the two-state solution and isolate East Jerusalem from other Palestinian cities.

He also warned against the impact of the steps on efforts to end the current stalemate in the Palestinian cause and on the security and stability of the region.

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