In response to the Egyptian call, Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath sources reported, on Sunday, that the Palestinian factions will leave the Rafah crossing, starting next Thursday and Friday.
She added that the dialogue between them will start next Saturday and will continue for two days, confirming the arrival of a Palestinian delegation from the Palestinian Ministry of Works headed by Undersecretary Naji Sarhan and with him a number of businessmen on the reconstruction file, Sunday evening, Cairo.
She also indicated that the issue of the Palestinian President’s participation in any meetings has not been resolved until now.
She added that Egypt is awaiting the conditions and changes in Israel to present a detailed vision, pointing out that the prisoner deal between Tel Aviv and Hamas is progressing slowly.
Egypt had confirmed last week that it had invited the Palestinian factions to an urgent meeting in Cairo, and that was broadcast on official television at the time.
She explained that the meeting aims to reach a unified vision on a number of files, including the stabilization of the armistice.
Meanwhile, Hamas asked the Egyptian intelligence director to hold a meeting of the factions under the auspices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
This came after an Egyptian security delegation obtained approval to hold a direct meeting between Fatah and Hamas, and a preliminary agreement was reached to form a unified Palestinian national leadership.
A vital Egyptian role
It is noteworthy that Major General Abbas Kamel, Director of Egyptian Intelligence, had arrived in the Gaza Strip to meet the leaders of the Palestinian factions and discuss the armistice, the ceasefire and the reconstruction, a few days ago, in the first visit of an Egyptian intelligence chief to the Strip since the early part of this century.
Kamel’s visit is seen as part of Cairo’s efforts to restore a more vital role in mediating between Israel and the Palestinians, and to revive the stalled peace process between the two parties.
It is worth noting that Egypt had pushed hard during the past weeks to stop the latest Israeli-Palestinian escalation that erupted on May 10 and lasted 11 days between Israel and the factions, amid Palestinian anger over Israeli police raids in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, and plans to expel the Palestinians. From the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the city for Jewish settlers.