Two leaders of the ruling Hamas party in Gaza, Mahmoud aL-Zahar and Said Siyam, headed for Egypt on Wednesday morning to meet with ex-U.S President Jimmy Carter, upon an invitation by Carter, who is currently visiting the region.
Palestinian sources in Gaza said that the meeting, which will be held in Cairo, will deal with underway issues such as the Israeli blockade of Gaza as well as the ceasefire with Israel.

Alongside the meeting, both Hamas officials will be meeting with Egyptian intelligence security chief, Omar Suleiman and a number of Egyptian officials.

In 1979, Carter patronized the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, which laid the foundations for the PAlestinian-Israeli peace process. More recently, he participated in the monitoring of the 2006 Palestinian elections, which brought Hamas to power.