Abbas heads to Cairo to meet Mashaal over unity gov't

February 22, 2012 19:10

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday began a three-day visit to Cairo where he is scheduled to hold talks with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and representatives of several Palestinian groups on the formation of a Palestinian unity government and the implementation of the Qatar-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.

Abbas is also expected to meet during his visit to Cairo with Egypt's military ruler, Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.

On the eve of the Abbas-Mashaal meeting, Hamas announced that its leaders have agreed to end their differences over the Qatari-brokered reconciliation pact.

Hamas's "political bureau" announced following a meeting in the Egyptian capital its support for the reconciliation accord, Ezat Risheq, a senior Hamas official, said.

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