Egypt’s Al-Sisi invites Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo next week

Bassant Mohammed
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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed, on Tuesday, for quick Egyptian action to achieve stability in the Palestinian territories, in coordination with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Al-Sisi has also called upon the Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo next week, to discuss ending the division and laying out a road map for the next stage, under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas. The upcoming meeting will further discuss the necessary steps to end divisions and unite the Palestinian factions.

Moreover, the Egyptian President directed for the quick provision of required equipment to implement the reconstruction project in Gaza, in response to his Palestinian counterpart’s request. 

Ministers from the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will arrive in Cairo next week to coordinate with Egypt on the reconstruction process in Gaza. 

Al-Sisi confirmed, on Monday, that Egypt is undertaking great efforts to achieve stability in Gaza in order for the peace process to resume.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip assert that they are committed to the ceasefire agreement, as long as Israel abides by the same agreement. They also hailed the Egyptian efforts to calm the escalation between Palestine and Israel.

Earlier in May, Egypt mediated to implement a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip, ending 11 days of fighting in which more than 250 people were killed, most of them in Gaza.

Last March, the Palestinian factions participated in a two-day Cairo-based Palestinian National Dialogue, affirming the need to hold the awaited general elections in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

The factions assured that all stages of the much-awaited election, slated for this summer, would be held in a manner that achieves transparency and integrity. Moreover, they signed what they described as an honour code, where they vowed to conduct the presidential and parliamentary elections in a “fair and free” manner.

They also agreed to complete the formation of the Palestinian anti-normalisation group, called the Unified Palestinian National Leadership for Popular Resistance.

The Parliamentary elections which were set to be held on 22 May, were postponed by President Abbas, amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, and splits in his Fatah part. 

The dispute over Jerusalem was the principal reason, cited by Abbas, who said “facing this difficult situation, we decided to postpone the date of holding legislative elections until the participation of Jerusalem and its people is guaranteed.”

It was not immediately clear whether a presidential vote scheduled for July would go ahead.

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