Fatah, Hamas Leaders to Discuss Unresolved Issues in Cairo
Kifah Ziboun Asharq Al Awsat 4 October 2017
Ramallah- The Palestinian cabinet held on Tuesday a meeting in the
Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip for the first time in three years, but failed to
take any prompt decisions.
Instead, the government decided to send the difficult and complicated files
to a meeting of Fatah and Hamas leaders in Cairo next week.
“We are ready to remove all pending issues to the Cairo meeting,” Prime
Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said during the meeting held in Gaza at the
residence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The prime minister told the crowd on Tuesday, “The only way to statehood is
through unity. We are coming to Gaza again to deepen the reconciliation and
end the split.”
The Palestinian Authority is asking to completely control the Gaza Strip,
including its security, borders and crossing points.
Fatah and Hamas should therefore solve such disputes, in addition to the
political program and the elections.
Abbas said on Tuesday that the government should be given the green light to
enforce its full authority in the Gaza Strip.
In a video address to the Palestinian unity government, Egyptian President
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said, “I have always known that there is an opportunity
for peace in the region, on the condition of union between all parties.”
Recently, Egypt has been sponsoring talks for the resumption of Palestinian
national reconciliation efforts.
The Egyptian president said that Egypt has forever been a supporter of the
Palestinian cause. “The cause has always been at the top of Egypt’s
priorities during meetings with world leaders or during international
conventions,” El-Sisi said.
He added that the whole world was watching the current efforts to achieve
reconciliation between the Palestinian people.
“I have a full belief that the differences should be solved among
Palestinians with the support of your Arab brothers, rejecting interference
from any foreign powers on the issue,” El-Sisi said.
Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 in fighting with Fatah forces loyal to
Abbas and has ruled the impoverished desert enclave of two million people
It is still unknown how Fatah and Hamas would solve their disputes
especially the ones related to security issues, particularly in the presence
of a militant army in the Gaza Strip.
Abbas says he only accepts the presence of one army, which is the army of
the Palestinian Authority while Hamas says that the weapons of the
resistance are not up for discussion.