Rival Palestinian factions edged closer towards reconciliation on Thursday after talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The president of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Mahmoud Abbas met with other leaders, including Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal.
They agreed to set up a nine-member electoral committee, which includes Hamas, with a view to holding elections for a single Palestinian government next year.
The meeting was held to find ways of implementing a deal signed back in May.
Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah faction have been at loggerheads over the past five years.
Hamas, which refuses to recognise Israel, seized the Gaza Strip in 2006, driving out Fatah forces and effectively spitting the Palestinian territories into two administrations.
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