Hamas, Egypt to restart talks over ending crisis

Hamas and Egypt are scheduled to resume discussions on Monday over ways of ending the crisis between the two sides – one that could lead to the reopening of the Rafah border crossing.
The discussions between the two sides resumed earlier this month, days after Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar accused Hamas of helping the Muslim Brotherhood kill attorney-general Hisham Barakat. Hamas leaders have strongly denied any involvement in the assassination, which took place June 2015.
A senior Hamas delegation is expected to arrive in Cairo on Sunday evening, according to Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan. He said the delegation members would hold talks with officials from Egypt’s General Intelligence, the Mukhabarat.
The delegation consists of Hamas officials Mahmoud Zahar, Khalil Al-Haya, Emad Al-Alami, Nizar Awadallah and Maher Obeid.
On the eve of the second visit to Cairo, Zahar denied that the Egyptians had asked his movement to help the Egyptian army in the fight against Muslim extremists in Sinai.
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