Delegations from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements arrived in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, on Sunday for discussions on political issues, de-escalation, reconciliation, and the developments in the occupied territories.
Palestinian sources confirmed that the visit by the delegations of the two movements comes in response to an official invitation from the Egyptian leadership to discuss several issues.
The Hamas delegation includes members of the Political Bureau and movement leaders. Among them are Saleh al-Arouri, Deputy Chief of the Political Bureau and leader of Hamas outside Palestine, Khaled Meshaal, along with members of the Political Bureau, Khalil al-Hayya and Rouhi Mushtaha.
Meanwhile, the Jihad delegation comprises Nafez Azzam, Mohammed al-Hindi, Jamil Alian, Mohammed Hassan Hamid, Ahmed Khalil Al-Mudallal, Youssef al-Hasayneh, Mohammed Abdullah Shalah, Walid al-Qatati, and Khaled al-Batsh.
Tariq al-Salmi, spokesperson for the Jihad movement, told Al-Arabiya.net that the movement would discuss with Egyptian officials matters concerning the situation in the Gaza Strip specifically and the Palestinian situation in general.
Egypt’s mediation role has been instrumental in the past. The country succeeded in reaching a truce agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement following clashes last May.
In previous statements to Al-Arabiya.net, Daoud Shehab, a leader of the movement, said that with Egypt’s mediation, a commitment had been obtained from Israel…