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Mashaal, Abbas to overlap in Cairo, no meeting confirmed
Published Tuesday 08/01/2013 (updated) 09/01/2013 19:23
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Hamas’ chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal arrived in Cairo on Tuesday evening, while Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas was set to arrive Wednesday morning, but the parties said they had not arranged to meet.

Member of Hamas’ politburo Izzat al-Rishiq said a Hamas delegation, headed by Mashaal, arrived in Cairo where they will follow up on reconciliation with Fatah in a meeting with Egypt’s President Muhammad Mursi.

Abbas is set to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday for a meeting with Mursi on the same issue.

Egypt’s ambassador to Palestine Yasser Othman said earlier this week that Mursi invited Abbas to visit Cairo on Wednesday. He said Abbas and Mursi would discuss several issues, including reconciliation.

However, senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Tuesday that no arrangements have been made for a meeting in Cairo between Abbas and Mashaal.
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1 ) Around / World
08/01/2013 18:44
It looks like they are planning to storm American embassy in Cairo and look for somebody who will distract Americans during the storm - that would be Abbas.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/01/2013 09:43
Several news agencies reporting Morsi will mediate talks today. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/20131944537289346.html We Israelis don't hold out much hope for success, given that Fatah is in favor of peace with Israel and Hamas is opposed to peace with Israel and says it wants a war of liberation. We don't see how reconciliation will bring peace closer. However, maybe Morsi will convince Hamas that cold peace is better than hot war.
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