Hamas delegation meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

Gaza-based Palestinian resistance group describes talks with Egyptian officials as ‘fruitful’

Hamas delegation meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Friday that talks in Cairo with Egyptian officials had been "fruitful".

While the group refrained from saying when exactly talks began, Egyptian sources said Ismail Haniyeh, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, had arrived in Cairo on Sunday evening at the head of a delegation.

Several meetings were held with Egyptian officials, which, according to a Hamas statement, had focused on "inter-Palestinian reconciliation [between Hamas and rival movement Fatah] and the humanitarian situation in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip".

Hamas also reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining security along the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Relations between Egypt and Hamas have remained tense since mid-2013, when Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt’s first freely-elected president -- was ousted and imprisoned in a bloody military coup.

Last March, a high-profile Hamas delegation visited Egypt with a view to improving relations between the two sides.

Since the 2013 military coup, Egypt has -- with occasional exceptions -- kept its border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip tightly sealed.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ocak 2017, 14:37