| GEO World|
| Egypt invites Fatah, Hamas to attend power-sharing talks on Nov 9|
| Updated at: 0803 PST, Monday, October 20, 2008|
RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Egypt has issued invitations to rival Palestinian factions to attend power-sharing talks in Cairo.
An Abbas aide said Sunday the talks are to start Nov. 9. The invitations were sent to Abbas' Fatah movement, Hamas and smaller groups.
Abbas has shunned Hamas since the group seized Gaza in June 2007, but he suggested Sunday his representatives would attend the negotiations. Hamas confirmed it received the invitation. Hamas and Fatah are to talk about forming a joint government, rebuilding the security forces and setting a date for presidential and legislative elections.
Several rounds of power-sharing talks have failed since Hamas won parliament elections in 2006.