Report: Mashaal arrives in Cairo for Schalit talks

August 16, 2011 21:58

A Hamas delegation led by the leader of the Islamist group's political bureau in Damascus Khaled Mashaal has arrived in Cairo, Al Hayat reported Tuesday, coinciding with rumored indirect talks between Hamas and Israel that are underway in the Egyptian capital for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit.

Palestinian sources told Al Hayat that the Israeli side has shown flexibility in their position regarding the prisoner-swap deal that would secure Schalit's release, a fact that the Israeli side reportedly denies.

Hamas has agreed, unlike in previous negotiations, to reduce the number of prisoners that would be required to come to a settlement with Israel over the deal, Al Hayat said.

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