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Egyptian-Emirati Efforts to Reach Agreement between Hamas, Dahlan | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Dismissed Fatah official Mohmmed Dahlan. (Getty Images)

Cairo – Hamas and the dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan are close to reaching a deal that would grant the Palestinian official a role in the administration of the Gaza Strip.

In return, he will receive Egyptian assistance to ease the blockade on Gaza residents, as well Emirati financial support.

A Hamas delegation is currently present in Egypt to hold the first direct meeting of its new bureau after previously holding such meetings through a video-conference system.

Egyptian and Palestinian sources participating in the talks currently held in Cairo said that a Hamas delegation discussed with officials from Dahlan’s Democratic Reformist Current a plan to dissolve the Hamas administrative committee ahead of holding general elections and forming a new national unity government.

The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity that Hamas hopes in return to receive Egyptian help, such as lifting the Gaza siege by reopening the Rafah border-crossing, in addition to financial support from the United Arab Emirates through a new mechanism called “Solidarity and Services Fund.”

They said that negotiations held between a high-ranking Hamas delegation and Cairo officials include Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader in Gaza Yehya Sinwar and his deputy Khalil al-Haya, in addition to Egyptian security chiefs, including Egyptian Intelligence Minister Khaled Fawzi.

Another source said that the crisis between Qatar and the four anti-terror Arab states was also tackled during the talks.

“An important part of the current efforts aim to decrease the Qatari-Turkish influence in return of enhancing Egyptian-Emirati support and cooperation with Hamas and Gaza on all levels,” the source added.