World Bulletin / News Desk
Senior Hamas member Salah al-Bardawil said Friday that a planned meeting in Cairo between group member Moussa Abu Marzouq and Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmed had yet to be scheduled.
Al-Bardawil told that media reports of a planned meeting between al-Ahmed and Abu Marzouq were "inaccurate," stressing that the date for the meeting had not yet been officially set.
On Tuesday, Abu Marzouq said he had been invited by al-Ahmed to meet in Cairo to discuss the reconciliation process between the rival Palestinian factions.
"[Al-Ahmed] expressed a desire to discuss the future of [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation, along with other issues," Abu Marzouq said on Facebook.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told earlier that representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were preparing to visit the Hamas-run Gaza Strip to discuss issues related to reconciliation.
"Hamas welcomes inclusive Palestinian dialogue to discuss all outstanding issues," Abu Zuhri had said.
Abu Marzouq is currently receiving medical treatment in Cairo, a source close to the Hamas leader told.
In April of last year, Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal that led to the formation of a unity government two months later.
The Ramallah-based unity government, however, has yet to assume political responsibility for the blockaded Gaza Strip, which since 2007 has been governed by Hamas.