Palestinian factions agree to defuse tensions in Gaza Strip

April 30th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by admin  

Cairo, April 30 (DPA) Palestinian factions have agreed to de-escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip during a meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the Egyptian government said in a statement Wednesday. According to the statement, two-day talks held by Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman with 12 Palestinian factions arrived at an agreement about a comprehensive, mutual and gradual de-escalation starting in the Gaza Strip then moving to the West Bank.

The statement added that the Palestinian consensus comes as part of a larger plan that aims at lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza and ultimately ending Palestinian divisions.

Earlier, Egypt’s President Hosny Mubarak had met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and discussed Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

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