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Egypt's Sisi pledges support for Palestinian reconciliation

Head of Gaza's political bureau Ismail Haniyeh meets Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate Khaled Fawzy in Gaza on 3 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Head of Gaza's political bureau Ismail Haniyeh meets Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate Khaled Fawzy in Gaza on 3 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has said that his country will offer all forms of support available to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, Quds Press reported yesterday.

In a recorded message displayed on a screen during a meeting between the ministers of the Palestinian Unity Government and the Egyptian Intelligence Minister Khaled Fawzy in Gaza, Al-Sisi said that Egyptian support would continue "without delay".

Al-Sisi also said that the day Palestinians achieve reconciliation would be a "historic" day.

The entire world is waiting for this moment, he said, and trusting that all Palestinian leaders are able to sort out their differences with the support of the Arabs but "without external interference".

After bringing all sides together within Palestine he also said that there is an opportunity to achieve peace in the region.

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"When the world sees the Palestinian sides united, this helps achieve comprehensive peace that fulfils the ambitions of our nations," he said.

"We have no time to waste and those who waste [this] opportunity will be held accountable through history," he added.

Fawzy held two separate meetings while in Gaza, one with the Palestinian Unity Government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and one with the Head of Hamas' Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh.

Internal Palestinian division started in 2007, one year after Hamas beat Fatah by an overwhelming majority in the Palestinian general elections in 2006.

Following the results Fatah, helped by Israel, cracked down on Hamas in the occupied West Bank. Several mediations have failed to bring them together.

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