Sisi: Hamas-PA reconciliation 'opportunity for regional peace'

Egypt attempts to broker between PA and Hamas terrorist group over Gaza rule.

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Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas could be an "opportunity" for wider regional peace, and called for global support for the initiative.

"The whole world is waiting for your efforts to achieve reconciliation among the Palestinian people and appreciates your determination to address all obstacles," Sisi said in a pre-recorded speech addressing the two main Palestinian Arab movements on Tuesday.

"There is a chance to realize peace in the region, providing all the
parties are united."

The video was played as Egyptian intelligence head Khaled Fawzy met with Hamas and Palestinian Authority leaders in the Gaza Strip.

Cairo has been the key backer in attempts to bring the two sides together, and Sisi called for more support.

"I am confident the major world powers, when they see the Palestinian parties are fully aware of the nature of this phase and the importance of dialogue to achieve the goal of peace, will help to realize this peace," he added.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since a violent overthrow of the Palestinian Authority in 2007, but last month agreed after Egyptian mediation to hand over civilian rule.

Israel, however, says it will reject any deal between the two factions in which Hamas is allowed to keep its weapons.

Hamas has fought three wars since 2008.








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