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Palestinian reconciliation deal ceremony kicks off (UPDATE)

Arab World Materials 4 May 2011 15:50
A ceremony of signing the Palestinian reconciliation agreement kicked off in Cairo on Wednesday, Egyptian and Palestinian sources reported.
Palestinian reconciliation deal ceremony kicks off (UPDATE)

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A ceremony of signing the Palestinian reconciliation agreement kicked off in Cairo on Wednesday, Egyptian and Palestinian sources reported.

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Islamic Hamas movement's politburo Khaled Meshaal will sign soon on a reconciliation agreement that ends around four years of internal Palestinian division, Xinhua rported.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil el-Arabi, Egyptian intelligence chief Murad Muwafi, Abbas and Meshaal will give speeches during the ceremony before signing on the agreement.

The ceremony is also attended by leaders of 13 Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah party, as well as independent figures and senior security Egyptian officials.

The internal Palestinian division began when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, and routed Abbas security forces.

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