PA representative said to threaten to leave talks

An Egyptian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, says the Palestinian delegation’s stance has hardened after the arrival in Cairo of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders from the Gaza Strip.

He says Azzam al-Ahmad, the leader of the delegation and the representative of Western-backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, threatened to withdraw from the talks if the two militant groups do not show more “flexibility,” adding that the delegation, which was supposed to leave Cairo on Thursday, would stay through the weekend.

Palestinian delegates could not immediately be reached for comment.


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