Abbas to ask Sudanese president to help soften Hamas on unity talks
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to arrive in Khartoum on Wednesday for talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
It will be Abbas's first meeting with Bashir since he was indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes last March.
PA officials said the two leaders would discuss bilateral relations and the general situation in the Middle East.
One official said that Abbas would ask the Sudanese president to use his influence with Hamas to persuade the movement to soften its position in talks aimed at ending the rift with Fatah. Sudan maintains strong relations with Hamas, whose leader, Khaled Mashaal, visited Khartoum last February.
Some of the weapons shipments sent to Hamas are believed to pass through Sudanese territory.
Meanwhile, Egyptian security officials visiting Ramallah met on Tuesday separately with Fatah and Hamas representatives as part of Cairo's efforts to persuade the two parties to resume unity talks.
The Egyptian delegation is headed by Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim, a senior official with the General Intelligence Service. He and his team held talks with top Fatah operatives Ahmed Qurei, Abu Maher Ghnaim and Azzam al-Ahmed before meeting a number of Hamas legislators.
The Hamas representatives who met with the Egyptians included Omar Abdel Razek, Mahmoud Rumahi Samirah Halaykeh and Abdel Rahman Zeidan.
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