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Abbas thanks Ahmadinejad for Iran's support
February 6, 2013 15:37
After PA leaders met with Iranian president at Islamic summit in Cairo, PLO factions are to discuss reconciliation, elections.
57 leaders of Islamic nations for OIC) summit in Cairo February 6, 2013.

Islamic Summit in Cairo, February 6, 2013. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Palestinian Authority leaders and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met at the sidelines of the Islamic summit in Cairo on Wednesday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas expressed gratitude to his Iranian counterpart for his support of the unilateral Palestinian statehood bid at the UN. The leaders also discussed the peace process, the PA's financial crisis, and reconciliation with Hamas, according to WAFA.

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The discussion was to be followed by a meeting between Fatah and Hamas officials in Cairo to discuss reconciliation agreements, Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted a Fatah official as saying on Wednesday.

Yahya Rabah said that delegations from Fatah and Hamas will meet on Wednesday to discuss reconciliation and elections for the PLO's Palestinian National Council. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the Islamic summit in Cairo.

According to Ma'an, the Palestinian Central Elections Commission is to resume late February following a PLO meeting on Friday in Cairo to select members of a joint government.

The meeting in Cairo will also select the leadership of the PLO, Ma'an reported.
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