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Palestinian rivals start reconciliation talks

Palestinian rivals start reconciliation talks

Rival Palestinian groups including Hamas and Fatah are holding reconciliation talks aimed at coming up with a power-sharing agreement and eventually holding elections.
In televised comments Tuesday as the talks opened, Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who mediates the discussions, urged all the factions to forget the past and look forward to build the future.
The Palestinians are divided between the militant group Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip and Fatah in the West Bank.
Overcoming the deep distrust between the factions is seen as a key to moving ahead with reconstruction in Gaza after Israel's recent offensive there.
Egypt is expected to mediate 10 days of talks between the factions.


Updated : 2021-04-12 10:13 GMT+08:00