Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal in Cairo

Palestinians take part in a rally to support of the Palestinian reconciliation in Gaza city on 10 October 2017

Palestinians take part in a rally to support of the Palestinian reconciliation in Gaza city on 10 October 2017

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Cavusoglu spoke with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war.

The report stated that Hamas will allow the Palestinian Authority government complete freedom of action in Gaza and Hamas has received guarantees and is confident that issues remaining in dispute, namely payment of Hamas employees, "will be solved in a manner that will satisfy the movement".

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A source close to the negotiation indicated that Fatah will now commence similar negotiations with other Palestinian factions in Gaza in an attempt to build a more unified national government.

The agreement calls for Abbas's presidential guard to assume responsibility of the Rafah crossing on November 1, and for the full handover of administrative control of Gaza to the unity government to be completed by December 1.

According to the Egyptian-brokered agreement, the two parties agreed on the full functioning of the consensus government in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and on resolving all the problems caused by the internal division.

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The split has complicated any potential peace negotiations with Israel.

That triggered the political rupture between Hamas and Fatah, which eventually led to their short civil war in Gaza.

After the breakthrough in Cairo, Arab and Palestinian media reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to visit the Gaza Strip within a month. The Hamas delegation was represented by newly-elected leader Saleh al-Arouri, Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar, and holder of the prisoners' portfolio Rawhi Mushtaha.

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