Egyptian officials meet Hamas delegation in mediation bid

By Xinhua

Cairo : Egyptian mediators have started talks with a Hamas delegation to explore ways to resolve the Palestinian infighting.

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The Hamas delegation consisted of two groups of Hamas members – one from the Syrian capital Damascus, led by deputy head of Hamas political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouq, and the other from the Gaza Strip, led by former Palestinian interior minister Said Seyam, the official news agency MENA reported.

Marzouq said during the meeting which started Wednesday the Hamas delegation posted Egyptian officials "on Hamas' view on differences with Fatah that caused the recent infighting".

Hamas and its rival faction Fatah reached an agreement in Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Feb 8, which led to the formation of a Palestinian unity government.

Following the meeting with Hamas, Egyptian officials will also hold talks with other Palestinian factions, including Jihad, the Popular Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The Egyptian mediation aims at closing "the Palestinian ranks, halt infighting and reach a ceasefire with Israel," said MENA.

Egypt maintains close relations with various Palestinian factions and has long played a mediating role among them.