White House envoy arrives in Egypt

2017-10-20 13:02


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Jerusalem - Egyptian airport officials say a White House envoy has arrived in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in Palestinian reconciliation efforts mediated by Egypt.

The officials say that Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt arrived on Thursday. His visit comes after Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement under Egyptian auspices that could put President Mahmoud Abbas back in charge of the Gaza strip.

Greenblatt is expected to meet senior Cairo officials. The airport officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Palestinian reconciliation deal could ease the decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the densely populated coastal strip and facilitate peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians.

Negotiations to end the split between Fatah and Hamas have faltered in the past.

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