Fatah and Hamas sign a reconciliation agreement and hand over the Rafah crossing to the Al-Wefaq government[/ltr]
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Fatah and Hamas agreed on Thursday to allow the Palestinian national reconciliation government to carry out its duties and assume full responsibility for managing the affairs of the Gaza Strip "as in the West Bank."
This came in a statement at the end of the meeting of two delegations from Hamas and Fatah, which began last Tuesday under the auspices of Egypt in order to end the Palestinian division, which lasted for a decade.
"Work on all Palestinian territory in the Gaza Strip and Ramallah by December 1, while working to remove the problems caused by the division," the statement said.
In this context, Egypt called for a meeting in Cairo on 21 November for all Palestinian factions signed on the "Agreement on Palestinian National Accord" signed on May 4, 2011.
The statement said that Cairo sponsored a series of meetings between the two movements over two days to discuss the Palestinian reconciliation file.
Egypt also expressed its deep appreciation to Fatah and Hamas for "the positive spirit of the members of the two delegations and their preference for the Palestinian interest, which led to the achievement of this agreement," and expressed thanks to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his role in ending the Palestinian division.
The meeting of the two Palestinian movements in Cairo at the invitation of Egypt to discuss the file of reconciliation and ways to enable the Government of the reconciliation of the receipt of its functions in Gaza and other related topics, away from the media.
The Hamas delegation was headed by Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the movement, while the Fatah delegation was headed by Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the movement's central committee, with the participation of a number of leaders from both sides.
Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in mid-2007 after it expelled Fatah members after bloody clashes.
Egyptian mediation has finally succeeded in bringing about a rapprochement between the two sides. This resulted in a visit by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah and several of his ministers to the Gaza Strip last week.
Two sources said today that the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements agreed to hand over responsibility for the Rafah crossing to the Palestinian reconciliation government on November 1.