Egypt intensifies its efforts to consolidate a permanent ceasefire in Gaza
So far, he has tried unsuccessfully for an agreement between all the Palestinian factions, while the holding of legislative and presidential elections for the Palestinian Authority seems key.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised this Sunday before the head of the Egyptian secret services, Abbas Kamel, to open a process to negotiate reconciliation with all Palestinian factions. Egyptian state media reported that these contacts will take place “in the framework of efforts to support the unification of the Palestinian position.”
The Abbas’s Al-Fata party and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) have been at odds since 2007, when the radical formation took control of the Gaza Strip after foiling a coup attempt that it attributed to Al-Fatá.
Egypt has hosted several negotiation processes between Palestinian factions, so far without success. One of the crucial points will be the holding of legislative and presidential elections for the Palestinian Authority.
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Egypt also starred in a intense diplomatic activity to try to consolidate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, particularly with a visit to Cairo by the head of Israeli diplomacy, Gabi Ashkenazi, the first of its kind in thirteen years. He held talks with his local counterpart, Sameh Shoukry,
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At the same time, the head of the Egyptian intelligence services, Abbas Kamel, met in Jerusalem with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The discussions with the Hebrew leader were mainly about “the intensification of cooperation” between the two neighboring countries, according to an official statement.
Netanyahu referred to the issue of the Israelis detained in Gaza, which is the main demand for a future negotiation with Hamas.. Tel Aviv also considers it important to establish “the means to prevent” the Islamist movement from using the “resources allocated to the population” for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, according to the same source.
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