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Egypt's President Sisi says delays complicate Gaza truce efforts

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:09 PM
 
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech at Al-azhar Conference Centre during Lailat al-Qadr celebrations in Cairo, in this July 24, 2014 handout courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. Egypt's President said on Saturday, Aug 2, 2014, a ceasefire plan proposed by his country offered the chance to end the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, but warned that lost time further complicated matters. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's President said on Saturday a ceasefire plan proposed by his country offered the chance to end the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, but warned that lost time further complicated matters.

"The Egyptian initiative is a real chance to find a real solution to the crisis taking place in the Gaza Strip," Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told a joint press conference in Cairo with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "Lost time ...complicates the situation more and more."

A Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation led by senior official Azzam Al-Ahmed will fly into Cairo from Jordan for talks, a Palestinian official in Ramallah said. Exiled officials from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group will also join the negotiations.

But following a breakdown of a truce on Friday, Hamas officials in Gaza will not attend.

 
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