Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and a number of ministers from the Palestinian government of national unity will leave Gaza for Cairo on Friday to take part in a conference focused on the reconstruction of the devastated Gaza Strip.
The trip follows a successful day-long visit by the reconciliation government to Gaza for the first since it was formed earlier this year, amid rising optimism about Hamas-Fatah cooperation after months of dispute.
The Palestinian delegation to Cairo is expected to return to Gaza after the end of the conference there, minister of agriculture and social affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa told Ma'an on Thursday.
Al-Ayasa said that a number of ministers will remain in Gaza during the Cairo conference, which is expected to bring together the foreign ministers of more than 30 countries to fundraise for Gaza reconstruction, while the rest of the Palestinian ministers will return after the conference to supervise rebuilding.
He said that ministers will meet with governors and private sector directors to be briefed on their work, and discuss possible joint efforts to aid the success of the rebuilding of Gaza.
The statement from Al-Ayasa came soon after deputy head of the Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh called on ministers from the national unity government to stay in Gaza longer in order to meet the people and government employees. more