Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he will not hold reconciliation talks with the rival Hamas group unless it accepts his authority.
That may not be easy as Hamas is the elected government of Gaza.
And the exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, directly challenged the Palestinian Authority president’s power Wednesday, saying the group of Palestinian factions led by Abbas – known as the PLO – “in its current state is no authority.”
Today Abbas discussed the matter with Egypt’s President Mubarak in Cairo.
Hamas also has a group of diplomats in Cairo today to discuss the cease fire with Israel.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal during their meeting in Cairo February 2, 2009. Abbas on Sunday ruled out dialogue with Hamas unless it recognises the supremacy of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), deepening the split between the two main Palestinian groups.REUTERS/Amr Dalsh (EGYPT)