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Can Egypt, Russia bring about Palestinian reconciliation?

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The Egyptian security delegation’s back-and-forth rounds between Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank suggest that some progress is being made towards Palestinian reconciliation.

Leaks talk about understandings being formulated on a variety of issues, including enabling government ministers to work in Gaza, a call for the common leadership framework to reunite, applying the 2017 Cairo Agreement and holding presidential and legislative elections.

All these issues are being discussed quietly, away from the cameras, with very few statements made to the media to avoid misplaced hopes or expectations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also phoned PA President Abbas to discuss these issues, in a phone call described by the Palestine News Agency as “long and in-depth”. The pair discussed the peace process and Russia’s readiness to revive it, as well as the prospect of reconciliation within the framework of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and joint support for Egypt’s role in reconciliation. Putin said he is looking forward to meeting Abbas in Russian capital Moscow for further talks.

These developments alone are not........

© Middle East Monitor