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Mash'al, Egypt intelligence chief meet over unity deal

Sept. 29, 2010 12:16 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2010 10:32 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A high-ranking Hamas official said Wednesday that party leader-in-exile Khaled Mash'al met with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman over progress made on unity talks with Fatah.

Ismail Radwan told Ma'an that "in the coming days, we will witness a meeting between Hamas and Fatah delegations to complete agreements on disputed points that will be signed and then agree to steps on conciliation."

Radwan denied, however, that Cairo had invited a Hamas delegation to Egypt to discuss the unity deal, which officials from both parties have said has shown significant progress since a meeting in Damascus last week.

Earlier Wednesday, senior Fatah official and Palestinian Legislative Council member Azzam Al-Ahmad said the ratification of a unity deal with Hamas is nearing as officials are scheduled to meet over the last disputed terms next week.

Al-Ahmad said once the last issues, relating to internal security and the restructuring of the security services, are agreed on in meetings in Damascus over the first week of October, party officials will head to Cairo to finalize the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation document.

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