The agreement has been confirmed by Hamas. Officials said the accord
called for Egypt to release Hamas prisoners and
permanently open its border with the Gaza Strip for both people and goods, Middle East Newsline reported.
Officials said Egypt and Hamas agreed to engage in security and other
cooperation. They said Egypt also pledged to oppose Israel's siege of the
Gaza Strip, particularly in international forums.
Egyptian intelligence has sought to achieve a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation
agreement since Hamas captured the Gaza Strip in 2007. Officials said Egypt
provided its most far-reaching commitments to Hamas after the fall of
President Hosni Mubarak in February.
Until Mubarak's ouster, Cairo's negotiations with Hamas and Fatah were
headed by Egyptian intelligence director Maj. Gen. Omar Suleiman. Suleiman,
who was briefly vice president, was replaced by Gen. Murad Muwafi, said to
have been given a mandate to offer better terms to Hamas.
The Egypt-Hamas agreement also included a commitment by the new military
regime in Cairo to support Hamas in international forums. In exchange,
officials said, Hamas
would provide information to Egypt on security threats from the Gaza Strip,
including the infiltration of Al Qaida-aligned insurgents to the neighboring