Palestinian president welcomes signing reconciliation agreement

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he “welcomes” the Egyptian-sponsored agreement signed between Palestine’s two political parties, Hamas and Fattah in Cairo.

Palestinian rival factions, Hamas and Fatah, have reached a consensus on reconciliation to end a decade-long national split during the second session of their national reconciliation dialogue held in Cairo from October 10 till Thursday, Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday morning.

Fatah spokesperson, Osama al-Qawasmi, also confirmed that the two parties had reached a comprehensive agreement under Egyptian auspices.

Last week, Palestinian Prime Minister of the National Consensus Government formed in 2014, Rami al-Hamdallah, held his first cabinet meeting in Gaza after Hamas announced handing over the administration of the Gaza Strip to the unity government; a major step towards Palestinian reconciliation.