Palestine Party Leaders To Hold Unity Talks In Cairo


Palestinian leaders will meet in Cairo early next week to resume reconciliation talks, Fatah official Ashraf Joma said Wednesday.

Moussa Abu Marzouq, deputy chief of Hamas’ politburo, and Azzam Ahmad, the head of Fatah’s reconciliation delegation and Egyptian intelligence officials will attend the meeting, Joma told Ma’an.

Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Barghouti and Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh were also invited, Joma added.

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in May 2011 and pledged to form a unity government.

The party leaders will discuss the new government, which will have a six-month mandate to prepare for elections, oversee the reconstruction of Gaza, the implementation of the reconciliation agreement and the reunification of state institutions.

President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are expected to meet in Cairo on June 20 to select cabinet ministers for the interim administration.

Joma said the new government will be announced at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, where 19 new cabinet ministers will be sworn in.


Launched in 2005, Ma'an News Agency (MNA) publishes news around the clock in Arabic and English, and is among the most browsed websites in the Palestinian territories, with over 3 million visits per month.

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