Hamas Receives Invitation to Visit Cairo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas has received an invitation from Cairo to meet Egyptian officials, Head of the Hamas International Relations Department Osama Hamdan said.

Hamdan denied that there would be a new round of talks regarding the national reconciliation and the ceasefire agreement with the Israeli Occupation.

“The ceasefire talks, which are brokered by Egypt and UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, are making little progress as the Palestinian Authority is trying to hinder such a move,” he explained.

Regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, Hamdan reiterated Hamas’ determination to end the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip and reach a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation within a joint national framework.

He noted that all the Palestinian factions, other than Fatah, are exerting tremendous efforts to achieve the Palestinian people’s demands, adding that no side shall veto such a move.

The Hamas leader confirmed that the movement will not stand still while the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate and will work with Egypt to end the Palestinians’ suffering in the coastal enclave.

Regarding the efforts made to break the siege on Gaza, Hamdan said, “we have a clear vision for improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but Fatah is hindering such a move.”

“Since it believes in national partnership, Hamas is determined to allow all Palestinian factions to have a say on any proposal to end the Palestinians’ suffering in Gaza,” Hamdan noted.

Notably, Hamas delegation is scheduled to arrive in Egypt at the end of this week or early next week to hold meetings with Egyptian officials and the Palestinian factions in an attempt to find solutions for the current crises.

Egyptian officials have met with two delegations from the “popular” and “democratic” fronts and will receive a delegations from Jihad Movement and another from Hamas.

Last month, Egypt suspended the truce talks sponsored by the Palestinian factions and Israel after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ threats that he would not allow a truce agreement to take place in Gaza Strip as it contributes to the separation of the Strip from the West Bank and the entrance to force to what is known as the “Deal of the Century.”

Abbas rejected Fatah’s participation in the talks and threatened to carry out measures if Hamas reaches an agreement with Israel, including the cut of funding for the Strip by $96 million per month.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

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