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Hamas chief meets Egypt’s mediator on unity


Khaled Meshaal, Chief of the Hamas Political Bureau held discussions with Egypt’s point man on efforts to unite the rival Palestinian factions, a Hamas source said on Sunday.

Meshaal, leading a Hamas delegation, met intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, a key link in talks between Hamas and the secular Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

“The meeting took place on Saturday evening,” a Hamas official said.

Egyptian state television said Meshaal and Suleiman talked about efforts for a rapid Palestinian reconciliation and prospects for the mooted exchange of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Egypt has twice postponed the date scheduled for signing a Palestinian unity agreement because of continued disagreements between the rivals.

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