Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to repair relations between Egypt, Palestine

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (right) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) in Cairo, Egypt, on July 17, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/HO/Egyptian Presidency)

The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is in Cairo for a two-day visit. Egyptian analysts say it’s an attempt to repair relations, following months of tension.

Relations between Egypt and President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration have been tense over a range of issues, including Cairo’s contacts with factions in the Gaza Strip that did not involve Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.

Relations also soured when Egypt in December withdrew a draft resolution in the UN Security Council against Israeli settlements. The draft was later resubmitted by other countries and adopted by the council.

From Cairo, Adel El Mahrouky has this report.