Abbas to hold talks with Egypt's Mubarak on Sunday
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to hold talks on Sunday with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, said an aide to Abbas on Saturday, Xinhua reported.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman of the Palestinian Presidency said that President Abbas headed to Jordan on Saturday, and is scheduled to head to Egypt on Sunday to hold talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
He told "Palestine Radio" that Abbas would first talks in Cairo with Mubarak before both head together to Kuwait to join an Arab summit there, adding that the situation in the Gaza Strip "will be the major issue on the discussion."
Abu Rudeineh added that the Palestinian President would discuss with his Egyptian counterpart "the recent developments and Egypt's efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Islamic Hamas movement."
He stressed that "President Abbas is fully supporting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire initiative and calls on all parties to accept it and start implementing it immediately."
Israel has been carrying out an unprecedented military air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip since December 27, where around 1,200 Palestinians killed and more than 5,200 wounded, almost half of them were civilian, women and children.
However, Hamas movement slammed President Abbas and accused him for being directly involved in the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, adding that Abbas positions and statements showed that he was fighting his people in Gaza.
Salah el-Bardaweel, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza told reporters that Abbas is directly involved in the assassination of senior Hamas leader and interior ministry in Hamas deposed government Said Siam, who was killed two days ago.
"We arrested several people who had maps and they were transferring date related to where Hamas strategic locations are. Those were detained in Gaza admitted that they were receiving instructions from Ramallah," said al-Bardaweel.
His statements were published in a pro-Hamas movement's website. Al-Bardaweel is currently in Egypt holding talks with Egyptian security officials on reaching a truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip.