Jerusalem24 – Under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Palestinian National Dialogue session will start in Cairo today, Monday, with the participation of 14 Palestinian factions, to inaugurate several understandings that establish a new stage in the history of Palestine.
An official source in Fatah told Al-Arabiya.net that the Cairo meeting would discuss understanding and coordination about the Palestinian elections, how to get them out, ensuring its success and commitment to the results, while a responsible source in Hamas said that the movement’s delegation would discuss all issues and disagreements with an open heart to reach a national consensus around it in order to inaugurate a new political stage for the Palestinian people and draw a national map that will be a reference for all.
For his part, Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, said that Ismail Haniyeh, head of the movement’s political bureau, issued an official statement in which he outlined the movement’s vision for dialogue and its features and Hamas’s vision for it, indicating that the statement included the need to reach a national agreement that establishes a new political phase, ends division and establishes a political system based on the principle of partnership and political pluralism.
Haniyeh’s statement affirmed that the Cairo’s dialogue is the culmination of an effective process that began months ago, in which coordination was carried out with Fatah and all the factions, including the meeting of secretaries general and the Istanbul understandings, in which it was agreed to hold free and fair elections in which the Palestinian people participate from home and abroad.
He stated that the movement’s delegation to the Cairo dialogue will be headed by the deputy head of the political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, and include central leaders, and it is armed with a clear decision to reach a national agreement, adding that Hamas is ready to take all the required measures and safeguard freedoms for the success of the upcoming elections in Gaza and the West Bank and securing elections in Jerusalem as well.
The delegations of the factions flocked to Cairo yesterday to participate in the dialogue, which will discuss the mechanisms of elections, the judiciary, security, the success of the democratic process, understanding and coordination in setting the date of the elections, the conditions for supervising the elections, and emphasizing the integrity and transparency.