Israeli official to visit Egypt for more talks on Gaza truce 2009-02-05 19:25:55   Print

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts 

    CAIRO, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- A senior Israeli official will pay a lighting visit to Egypt on Thursday for talks with Egyptian mediators on a lasting ceasefire with Palestinian groups.

    Amos Gilad, head of Israeli Defense Ministry's Diplomatic Security Bureau, will arrive in Cairo later in the day, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported.

    Gilad is expected to hold talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who is in charge of the mediation talks between Israel and Palestinian groups, MENA quoted an official Egyptian source as saying.

    Earlier in the day, MENA said the Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement will give its final decision on Saturday on a long-term ceasefire deal with Israel.

    During the past four days, a visiting Hamas delegation held four rounds of intensive talks with Egyptian mediators on the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

    Representatives of the Hamas team are due to leave for Damascus and Gaza Thursday for consultations with other Palestinian factions to adopt a final decision on the ceasefire.

    The Hamas team will "return to Cairo on Saturday with a final decision," said MENA, citing a well-informed Egyptian source.

    More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed and about 5,500 others wounded in the 22-day Israeli offensive on Gaza, which died out on Jan. 18 with the warring sides carried out unilateral ceasefire respectively.

Spokesman: Hamas delegation to return Cairo for more consultations over truce with Israel

    GAZA, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hamas said Thursday that its delegation, which is leaving Egypt to return Gaza later in the day after talks with Egyptian officials over a possible truce with Israel, would be back to Cairo on Saturday for more consultations.

    Hamas spokesman in Gaza Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement that "a deal on a truce was not reached because the Israeli offer we received through the Egyptian mediator links between the case of (captured Israeli soldier) Gilad Shalit and ending the blockade and reopening Gaza crossings."  Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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