Egypt denies reports it refused to host inter-Palestinian dialogue
Azzam al-Ahmad Member of Fatah's Central Committee - YOUM7 (Archive)
By SAMAR SAMIR

CAIRO: Egypt Saturday denied media reports claiming Cairo refused to host a meeting for inter-Palestinian dialogue, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The Palestinian AlResalah website reported Friday evening that Hamas political bureau member Mohamed Nazal claimed Cairo refused to host the reconciliation sessions between Hamas and Fatah and that the session would be held in Gaza instead.

“The news reported by news agencies on this matter is groundless and contradicts with the known and continuous Egyptian role towards the Palestinian case,” said an anonymous official in the Foreign Ministry in its statement.

Fatah negotiation delegation head Azam al-Ahmed said in a statement that the movement is still awaiting the Egyptian response to hosting the meetings, and criticized Nazal’s remarks, which he described as “a means to sabotage and impede the expected meeting.”

“Our stance is constant that Egypt will be the broker of the Palestinian reconciliation—regardless of its stance towards Hamas—for the sake of the Palestinian people and their case. We are keen to develop and deepen relations with the Egyptian-Palestinian brotherhood,” Ahmad added.

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 month-long cease-fire agreement brokered by Egypt in August. The cease-fire followed the latest two-month long Israel-Gaza war.

The five-member Fatah delegation includes Ahmad, Fatah Central Committee members Jibril Rajoub, Sakhr Besiso, Husein Al-sheikh and Mohamed Al-Aloul.

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