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Palestinian Rivals Head to Cairo for Talks

GAZA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) — Delegations from rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah will arrive in Egypt Saturday in preparation for a meeting to implement reconciliation agreement, Palestinian officials said.

It is going to be the first meeting since more than two months as disputes between the two movements over the formation of a unity government, which endangered an Egyptian-brokered agreement to reconcile the Palestinian internal split.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who leads Fatah party, wanted to retain his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for the new government that will also administer the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. However, Hamas doesn’t accept the nominee.

Azzam Al-Ahmad, member of Fatah Central Committee, leads the delegation to Cairo, while Hamas are represented by Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy chief of the movement’s politburo.

“The meeting is to emphasize that the two movements’ determination to complete the reconciliation and end the split,” said Amin Maqboul, a Fatah official.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity that the two movements are considering delaying the formation of the unity government.



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