Haniyeh and Abbas waving 521.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Egypt is sending a delegation of officials to meet with Fatah and Hamas, political adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh,
Yusef Rizka, said Monday, according to Al Jazeera. Hamas militiamen seized the villa during the 2007 coup they staged
against the PA in the Gaza Strip. Abbas’s residence and other PA
installations have since been occupied by Hamas officials and activists.
In an official statement
quoted by Al Jazeera, Rizqa said that the aim of the visit was to advance
reconciliation between the two parties. He added that the visit would
be "meaningful" and of "of great value," particularly regarding the
issue of political prisoners.
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The meeting was reportedly slated to take place in Haniyeh's home in Gaza.
On Saturday, Hamas announced their decision to give back the villa
belonging to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza City,
in a bid to end the split between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said that Abbas’s villa would be handed over to Fatah
representatives in the Gaza Strip. He said the decision was taken
following a meeting of Fatah and Hamas officials in Gaza City to discuss
the implementation of last year's Egyptian-brokered reconciliation
agreement between the two parties.
Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report