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Abbas to visit Egypt for talks

July 29, 2013 2:38 P.M. (Updated: July 30, 2013 3:42 P.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Egypt on Monday for a brief visit, the first such trip since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

The visit is likely to last only a matter of hours, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.

Abbas will be accompanied by a delegation of senior Palestinian officials and will discuss the peace process and the situation for Palestinians in Gaza, including conditions at the Rafah crossing.

The president will also discuss bilateral relations with Egyptian officials, PA ambassador to Cairo Barakat al-Fara said.

The situation is "not suitable" to meet with Hamas officials in Egypt, al-Fara added.

Abbas stressed that Palestinians are neutral in Egyptian affairs.

The attorney-general in the Hamas-run government on Thursday ordered the closure of the Ma'an News Agency and Al-Arabiya TV bureaus in Gaza.

A Hamas official told AFP that the attorney-general closed Al-Arabiya's office "for distributing false news regarding the smear campaign against Hamas and Gaza about what's happening in Egypt."

On Friday, Egypt's state prosecutor ordered that ousted President Mohamed Mursi be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with Hamas, official MENA news agency reported.
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