CAIRO: Hamas political head Khaled Mashal will visit Tunisia this month to meet with Rashid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Nahdha Party, Nahdha executive bureau member Abdel-Latif al-Mekky told The Cairo Post Saturday.
The two will discuss inter-Palestinian reconciliation.
“The time of the visit is not fixed yet and there is no concrete development now, but Mashal’s visit will be a good opportunity to discuss ways for preserving the reconciliation,” Mekky said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent Ghannouchi a message asking him to mediate the inter-Palestinian dialogue between Hamas and Fatah, according to a statement from the party Wednesday.
“Jibril Rajoub, secretary deputy of the Central Committee of Fatah delivered Ghannouchi a message from Abbas to intervene to defuse the differences between Fatah and Hamas in order to preserve Palestinian unity,” the statement read.
Ghannouchi confirmed that he would exert all efforts to find solutions to preserve the reconciliation recently reached between Hamas and Fatah, according to the statement.
Ghannouchi had previously mediated between both sides for two months and helped them to reach reconciliation in April.
Hamas and Fatah reached reconciliation and agreed on a unity government in April, but differences have reemerged between the two after the announcement of a 1-month cease-fire agreement, brokered by Egypt, on Aug. 26 following the latest 2-month Israel-Gaza war.
Fatah officials blamed Hamas for not doing more to prevent the deaths of 2,000 Palestinians during the war when Hamas refused Egypt’s first cease-fire proposal in early July.
Abbas said in a press statement on Aug. 31 during a meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Movement “it was possible to avoid killing 2,000 martyrs and the destruction of thousands of homes” if the Egyptian proposal was accepted.
According to Palestine Online, two Fatah officials accused Hamas of trying to form a shadow government as an alternate to the unity government and arrested members from Fatah.
However, Hamas issued Wednesday a statement condemning the officials’ remarks after Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuheiry called upon Fatah Tuesday on his Facebook to stop the “smear campaign” against the movement and asking Fatah to send a delegation to Gaza for carrying out the terms of a reconciliation accord.
Abbas arrived in Cairo Saturday to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and indirect talks with Israel over reaching a permanent cease-fire agreement between both sides.
Abbas headed a delegation including top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Orayqat and Fatah officials to attend the 142nd foreign ministers meeting of the Cairo-based Arab League Sunday.