Prisoner exchange talks in Egypt

Khalid Mishaal, the exiled Hamas political leader, has arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials trying to arrange a prisoner exchange with Israel.

Prisoner exchange talks in Egypt

"The delegation, led by Khalid Mishaal, will follow up on Egyptian efforts to reach a deal acceptable to the Palestinian people," Izzat al-Rishq, a Hamas spokesman, said on Wednesday night.

Hamas had demanded that Israel free 1,400 Palestinian prisoners, including all women and children, in exchange for the release of an Israeli soldier seized by Palestinian fighters in a cross border raid in June.

Differences over the timing and number of prisoners have so far prevented a deal.
military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Rishq said Meshaal will meet Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief who has been handling the prisoner issue, and also discuss obstacles preventing formation of a Palestinian unity government.

Earlier this week Ismail Haniya, prime minister in the Hams-led Palestinian government, said the participation of his party in a unity government hinged on winning guarantees of a resumption of international financial aid which was suspended after they came to power in March.

The Hamas delegation will discuss "practical measures to lift the sanctions" on the Palestinians, al-Rishq said.
"We want to inform our brothers in Egypt about the latest developments on the proposed unity government, and the difficulties facing its formation."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16