Egypt apparently attempting to persuade US, EU to ease demands on Hamas

Egypt is trying to persuade the US and the EU to ease their demands on Hamas in order to pave the way for a Palestinian unity government, Israel Radio reported early Tuesday morning. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit met the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels on Monday and he reportedly asked that Europe agree to Hamas "respecting" past agreements signed by the Palestinian Authority rather "being obligated" to them. Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is heading to Washington to try and get US backing for the seemingly subtle change, the radio station said. Previous agreements has been one of the contentious issues in Fatah-Hamas talks.