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Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks

Azzam al-Ahmed (in picture), an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza ceasefire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory. File photo   | Photo Credit: Hatem Moussa

A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza ceasefire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.

Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Palestinian radio on Sunday that talks will be held Tuesday in Cairo.

A 50-day war between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas ended in late August. Tuesday’s talks are meant to reach a longer-term arrangement between the foes.

They will also try to resolve an internal Palestinian rift. Mr. al-Ahmed says Mr. Abbas wants real authority in Gaza, but Hamas balks at ceding control of its security forces. Hamas seized Gaza from Mr. Abbas’ Fatah in 2007.

Israel and Egypt see the Western-backed Mr. Abbas as a guarantor of any Gaza border deal.

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