Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations
RAMALLAH, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has handed out its vision to rival factions of Hamas and Fatah for settling their rift and making a Palestinian national reconciliation, Palestinian sources said on Tuesday.
Riyadh al-Maliki, Information Minister of the Fatah-backed government based in the West Bank, revealed the Egyptian plan by saying that "the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is studying the initiative and will respond to it."
Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, did not immediately make comments on the plan.
The plan includes a call for a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas leaders in Caironext month.
Earlier, the two movements confirmed they will participate in this meeting which will be the first official talks between the two factions in months.
Egypt works to bridge the gaps between Hamas and Fatah to end political split between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the West Bank where the Fatah-dominated PNA rules. Last year, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip by force after routing pro-Abbas forces.
The Egyptian plan also calls for forming a "government of national understanding," restoring the previous political situation in Gaza and handling the consequences of Hamas' violent takeover of the coastal Gaza Strip.
The plan, meanwhile, envisions holding presidential and parliamentary elections with timetables and mechanisms that factions agree on, with the reform of security services in the two Palestinian territories.