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Mubarak, Abbas to discuss Hamas

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  • Abbas believes there is "a tangible opening" regarding the ceasefire, report says
  • Abbas had been scheduled to travel to Europe, but changed his plans
  • Hamas representatives were to travel to Cairo for talks about the ceasefire
  • Israel and Hamas declared separate, tentative cease-fires two weeks ago
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(CNN) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak plans to meet Monday in Cairo with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss developments in talks with Hamas, according to Egypt's government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

The newspaper quoted Nabil Shaath, Abbas' personal representative, as saying Abbas had changed his schedule -- from a trip to Europe -- to go to Cairo because there was "a tangible opening in the Cairo talks regarding the ceasefire, national Palestinian reconciliation and opening the (Gaza) border crossing."

Shaath did not elaborate.

Al-Ahram also reported that a group of Hamas representatives was scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Sunday to meet with Minister Omar Suleiman, head of Egyptian intelligence, about the cease-fire situation.

Israel and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, declared separate, tentative cease-fires two weeks ago following more than three weeks of fighting in Gaza.

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