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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Egyptian security delegation meets with Fatah, Hamas officials in bid to mediate differences

An Egyptian security delegation arrived in Gaza to continue mediating talks between Hamas and Fatah after developments on the ground threatened to derail a recent reconciliation drive, Asharq Al-Awsat reports. Egyptian officials, including General Intelligence Service General Hammam Abou Zeid, met separately with Hamas and the PLO to work through outstanding issues with the agreement, including Hamas’ disarmament, which the group said on various occasions it will not do. Egyptian officials are also trying to press the Palestinian Authority to resume negotiations with Israel, according to Arutz Sheva.

Meanwhile, Israeli Social Equality and Foot in Mouth Minister Gila Gamliel’s statements that a Palestinian state can only be established in Sinai drew condemnations from Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterday, Egypt Today reports.

Egypt will reportedly join other countries “harmed by dams being developed by Ethiopia” in mounting an international lobbying effort, unnamed sources tell Al Shorouk. The lobby would include countries downstream of Ethiopia’s rivers, and will document the economic, environmental, and social issues these countries will face as a result of developments on the Ethiopian stretch of the river.

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