Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hamas, Fatah reach agreement in Palestinian reconciliation talks

Hamas, Fatah reach agreement in Palestinian reconciliation talks

The two major Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas today will announce the final reconciliation agreement in a press release in the Egyptian capital of Cairo at 1:00 PM today.

Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced later in the day in Cairo.

The talks between Fatah and Hamas were conducted after Egypt tried several times to resolve the conflict between the two factions and establish a unity government in Gaza and the West Bank. "We make every effort possible to implement it to start a new chapter in the history of our people", Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told Reuters.

Such a move would restore a great deal of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' influence in Gaza while weakening Hamas' control.

The talks marked the latest in a series of attempts to end a decade-long Palestinian territorial, political and ideological split that has crippled Palestinian statehood aspirations.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Sunday the Egypt-backed reconciliation talks between the PA and Hamas are "preparation" for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. In 2014, Fatah and Hamas agreed to a national reconciliation government, but Hamas' shadow government continued to rule the Gaza Strip despite the deal.

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An Egyptian source close to the talks said intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi had followed the talks closely.

Islamist movement Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (right) and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh hold hands in Gaza City October 2, 2017.

The deal would see Hamas, which has the most powerful armed Palestinian faction with an estimated 25,000 well-equipped fighters who have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for worldwide efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognised Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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