Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Egypt being "even-handed" between the PA and Hamas

Last night, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo to meet with Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi today.

This morning, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal arrived in Cairo for exactly the same reason, and he plans to meet Morsi tomorrow.

Morsi said in a speech that Egypt regards both of the groups equally and is committed to reconciliation between them.

It is widely expected within the Palestinian Arab community that Morsi will expand the operations of the Rafah terminal to allow more people to pass through as well as starting to allow commercial goods - and who knows what else - through the crossing. While that was an election promise, so far Morsi has said nothing specific about his plans for Rafah.