The groups agreed to meet in Egypt after an official invitation was extended to all parties by Cairo. Negotiations in the lead-up to the Cairo talks indicate that groups are optimistic about reaching a deal. ‘After recent talks with Hamas leaders in Syria, we can say it is highly likely we will accept a ceasefire only if it was mutual, and we will tell Omar Suleiman he only has a specified period of time to get U.S. and Israeli assurances,’ said a senior member of Fatah (MEED 20:11:03).