Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egypt’s new rulers on the peace process with Israel and efforts to end the conflict between his Fatah faction and Hamas.

During the four-day visit, his first since president Hosni Mubarak stepped down earlier this year, Abbas will meet with Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Higher Council of the Armed Forces, and Prime Minister Issam Sharif.

Abbas is also scheduled to hold talks with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and Islamic and Christian leaders in Egypt, the PLO envoy to Cairo, Barakat al-Farra, said.

Farra said that Abbas’s visit to Cairo was of special significance, particularly because the talks would focus on the Hamas-Fatah dispute, the stalled peace process and the situation in the Gaza Strip in light of recent tensions.

On the eve of Abbas’s visit, Palestinian university students demonstrated outside the PLO embassy in Cairo to demand an end to the Hamas-Fatah power struggle.

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