Rebel leader in Cairo

CAIRO - An Egyptian official says Egypt's intelligence chief discussed Palestinian reconciliation efforts with the leader of the militant Hamas group.

CAIRO - An Egyptian official says Egypt's intelligence chief discussed Palestinian reconciliation efforts with the leader of the militant Hamas group.

The meeting on Saturday with intelligence head Omar Suleiman was an effort to end the schism among the Palestinians and create a unified front ahead a new US peace plan next month.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue of Israeli soldier Sergeant Gilad Schalit, in Hamas hands since 2006, was also discussed. - Sapa-AP

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