Rival Palestinian groups resume reconciliation talks in Cairo
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt May 28, 2016. Palestinian President Office (PPO)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

CAIRO: Three conflicting Palestinian delegations met in Cairo last week, upon an invitation from the Egyptian intelligence service, to resume the inter-Palestinian reconciliation negotiations, a Palestinian diplomat told Youm7 Wednesday.

The delegations are the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and the Palestinian Popular Resistance Movement.

It is expected that a delegation from the Palestine Fatah Movement, chaired by Azam al-Ahmad, and another delegation from Hamas, headed by Mahmoud al-Zahar, will arrive in Cairo soon to participate in the negotiations, the diplomat continued.

The stalled negotiations resumed after Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for all parties to reach a unity government in Palestine, the diplomat added.

On May 18, Sisi offered Egypt’s assistance as a mediator between rival Palestinian groups in order to reach a reconciliation agreement to push forward the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Sisi has affirmed several times the necessity of establishing a Palestinian State on the borders set out in 1967 with a capital city of Eastern Jerusalem.

In April 2014, Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation and agreed on a unity government, however, it was rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who then announced the suspension of the peace talks with Palestine.

However, when Cairo announced a ceasefire agreement between Palestine and Israel to put an end to 51-day war in August 2014, differences reemerged between the two Palestinian groups. Since then, Egypt has brokered reconciliation negotiations which have been delayed by Egypt following terrorist attacks targeting the Egyptian army in North Sinai in October 2014 and claimed lives of 33 soldiers.

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