Middle East

Abbas to meet Qatar emir, Hamas' Meshaal in Doha Thursday

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meet in the Gorki residence outside Moscow June 25, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Ria-Novosti/Dmitry Astakhov)

DOHA: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Doha Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said.

Abbas' visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza.

Abbas will discuss separately with Meshaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Thursday the latest developments in the negotiations in Cairo and "aid and reconstruction" in Gaza, Palestinian ambassador Monir Ghannam told AFP.

From Doha, Ghannam said Tuesday, Abbas will travel on to Cairo as part of contacts the Palestinian leadership is staging "with all the parties concerned" in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

A new 24-hour cease-fire in Gaza will last until midnight Tuesday (2100 GMT) under a last minute deal reached in Cairo Monday night.

Egyptian mediators have been pushing both sides to put a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, which has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side.

But few details have emerged of the state of the negotiations given the apparently irreconcilable demands of the two sides.





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