Hamas, Fatah delegations meet in Cairo over reconciliation

May 20, 2012 18:06

Delegations representing Fatah and Hamas met in Cairo on Sunday, after the PA's formation of a new cabinet last week drew the ire of several leading Hamas figures due to the Gaza-ruling Islamist party's absence from the new government.

Delegations from the two parties have met consistently in the Egyptian capital in the past year in order to hammer out the diplomatic steps necessary to unite Hamas and Fatah after years of schism.Fatah leader Azzam Al-Ahmed headed that group's delegation in Cairo on Sunday, while Hamas's delegation was led by the Islamist group's diplomatic bureau deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk.

The PA angered many Hamas leaders last week when he announced the formation of a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. According to comments made by Hamas's spokesperson, the formation of the new cabinet was an affront to agreements made between the two groups in Doha, Qatar, earlier this year, namely the formation of a unity government to oversee municipal and presidential elections later this year.

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