Senior Hamas leader arrives in Cairo for reconciliation deal

Arab World Materials 2 May 2011 01:35 (UTC +04:00)

A senior Hamas leader arrived in Cairo on Sunday to sign an agreement with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to end the internal division, sources said, Xinhua reported.

According to the sources, exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal arrived in Cairo for the first time since the resignation of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mashaal, Abbas and Prime Minister of the Hamas administration in Gaza Ismail Haneya will sign an Egyptian-sponsored agreement on Wednesday in Cairo to end their internal division, the sources said.

On April 27, leaders of Hamas and Fatah initially signed on the draft of the agreement that will be inked by the three leaders in Cairo. The agreement will put an end to four years of internal feuds between the two sides.

The sources said that the ceremony in Cairo will last three days, starting from Wednesday and will end up with the signing of the agreement, and Egypt will be observing its implementation.

Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, and routed security forces of Abbas. Since then, Hamas, which won the elections of 2006, ran all the official Palestinian ministries in the coastal enclave.