The two discussed resuming negotiations and it was later stated that both parties had agree on basic guidelines on which to base the talks.
Mashaal and al-Ahmed also discussed the main points of contention between the two groups which were noted in the Egyptian reconciliation paper which Fatah signed and Hamas rejected last year.
A joint communiqué stated that the meeting was held "in a fraternal and friendly climate with the aim of ending divisions."
Mashaal said after the meeting that the parties agreed to hold an additional meeting in order to reach a formula for a definitive understanding on the way to full Palestinian reconciliation.
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