RAMALLAH (KATAKAMI.COM / MA’AN NEWS AGENCY) — President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to go to Cairo on Wednesday in his first visit since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February.
As reported by MA’AN NEWS AGENCY on Friday, Egypt’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman told Ma’an the president was invited by Egypt’s foreign affairs minister Nabil Al-Arabi on behalf of the country’s de facto leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi.
Othman said Egypt supported Abbas’ initiative to visit the Gaza Strip and form a unity government to prepare for elections.
The initiative seeks to end years of hostility between Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas. The rivalry has effectively cut off the Gaza Strip from the West Bank.
The Fatah-led PA controls the West Bank, while Hamas runs the government in Gaza.
A delegation of Hamas leaders visited Cairo last week, and discussed efforts toward Palestinian reconciliation.