Abbas Meets Mubarak in Cairo

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CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Cairo Monday to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

On Sunday, Abbas met with Saudi King Abdullah in Jedah, Saudi Arabia.

According to PA officials in Ramallah, Abbas planned to brief both Arab leaders on reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas and on the status of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Meanwhile, Lebanese-based Hamas official Osama Hamdan told al-Jazeera satellite station that delegations meeting in Dakar, Senegal, under the auspices of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, were unable to reach an agreement.

At a meeting of Islamic states in March, the Senegalese president said he would do his part to help the two factions reconcile.

Last week as Israelis marked Jerusalem Day, Abbas announced that the "unity of the Palestinian people and their homeland" superseded all other concerns.

Over the weekend, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh asked Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to continue pressuring Israel to accept a temporary truce and to work toward reconciliation of the two PA factions.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa also spoke with Haniyeh about hosting talks between Hamas and Fatah.

According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, both factions agreed to curb attacks on one another in their respective media outlets.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said in the past that peace negotiations would cease if Fatah joins up again with Hamas.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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