CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Thursday with presidential hopeful and head of the Popular Current Party Hamdeen Sabbahi, according to a statement on his campaign’s official Facebook page.
During his visit to Egypt to attend a meeting of Arab foreign ministers, Abbas met a number of Egyptian officials including interim President Adly Mansour, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, and former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
This is Abaas’ third visit since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
Maasoum Marzouk, member of the supreme committee of the campaign, said Sabbahi discussed with the Palestinian leader developments in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, adding that Abbas spoke of Israeli reluctance in releasing Palestinian detainees, Youm7 reported.
Sabbahi said he supports Palestinian efforts to obtain the release of a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and said he hoped Arab efforts can stop the building of Israeli settlements in Palestine, which he said is an independent state, Marzouk said.
The presidential hopeful added that he considers Palestine to be the most important issue for the national security of Egypt, stressing that Egypt will continue is sponsoring of reconciliation efforts between Palestinian forces, according to the statement.
The meeting was attended by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, Palestinian presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Redaina, and Emad Hamdy, spokesperson for Sabbahi’s campaign.
Additional reporting by Mostafa Abdel Tawab.