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Report: Hamas, Israel to start indirect talks in Cairo

Nov. 26, 2012 10:51 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 5:10 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Indirect talks between Israel and representatives of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip are scheduled to start Monday in Cairo to follow up a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt last week, Arabic media said.

An Israeli delegation is scheduled to arrive in Cairo later Monday, while the Gaza government delegation arrived last night, London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat said.

Representatives of the Egyptian intelligence will meet with each side separately and then shuttle between both delegations to deliver responses to draft agreements, the newspaper said.

Gaza deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad was quoted by al-Sharq al-Awsat saying that opening the border crossings will be a major issue on the agenda.

Egyptian officials told Ma’an that Egyptian intelligence chief Raafat Shehata, working on the orders of President Muhammad Mursi, put long hours into finalizing the ceasefire deal.

They said while efforts would be made to improve freedom of movement through Egypt's Rafah crossing with Gaza, would not be opened permanently without the presence of representatives of the Palestinian Authority.

Egypt’s top priority after the ceasefire in Gaza will be inter-Palestinian reconciliation, they added.
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