Abbas to Visit Egypt for ‘Urgent’ Talks

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The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Cairo over the weekend to meet with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for “urgent” talks, the PA’s envoy to Egypt said Tuesday, amid tensions over Egypt’s involvement in an internal Palestinian rift.

In addition, Jamal al-Shobaki said that the two leaders will discuss US efforts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well Egyptian efforts to end the ongoing internal “Palestinian division.”

“[Abbas and Sissi] will discuss during the meeting the Palestinian issue in all of its aspects, in addition to the current conditions the Middle East is going through, as well as the dangerous escalation in settlements in East Jerusalem and the rest of the Palestinian territories,” Shobaki said, according to the PA’s official Wafa news agency. It was unclear what prompted the need for the talks, but they came on the heels of developments in Gaza that point to a new government being formed between Hamas and Abbas’s rival in the Fatah party, Mohammad Dahlan.

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