Sunday, 23 October 2011

Palestinian reconciliation moves closer to implementation - Egypt makes it top priority

(President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Egypt for talks with Field Marshal
Mohamed Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed
Forces, in Cairo on Oct. 22, 2011. - Reuters/Khaled El Fiqi/Pool

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman said Sunday that reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is a top priority for the Egyptian leadership.

President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt on Friday to discuss implementation of the deal reached on May 4 and brokered by Egypt, but which has yet to be carried out.

The Egyptian leadership is willing to focus its efforts on carrying out the reconciliation deal, Othman said, noting that the leadership places great importance on its implementation.

In addition to the issue of political unity, President Abbas was in Egypt to discuss the latest developments on the UN bid, including how to garner more Arab support for the move, Othman told Ma'an. more