Egyptian Foreign Minister: Palestinian Reconciliation Imminent

22.03.11 – 12:25| PNN – Palestine News Network

Cairo-PNN- The new Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs Nabil al-Arabi confirmed that he has been in discussion with members of both Fatah and Hamas about the possibility of reconciliation between the fighting factions.

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After talks with envoys from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo al-Arabi reiterated that, “The Palestinian issue is of the upmost importance to Egypt” and underlined the importance of bringing about an end to current divisions.

The former Egyptian Ambassador to the UN mentioned contact with different Palestinian factions receiving calls from Hamas leaders including the head of the political bureau of Hamas Khaled Mashal, Prime Minister Ismail Huniyeh and Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar.

Al-Arabi, who replaced Ahmed Aboul-Gheit after last month’s Egyptian revolution, has previously demanded an end to the Gaze siege and has pushed for a tougher stance against Israel than under ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

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