Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas phoned the newly-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
Sunday amid expectations of an imminent meeting between the two men.
Abbas thanked Morsi "for his positions that support the Palestinian people," as well as Egypt's efforts to broker a Palestinian national reconciliation, said a statement from Abbas' office.
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources said contacts are being made to arrange for a meeting between Abbas, who is also head of the secular Fatah party, and Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to the sources, Morsi is willing to see Abbas among the leaders he will first meet after he took office to express his support to the Palestinian cause.
Abbas is locked up in a power struggle with Islamic Hamas movement, which routed his forces and took over the Gaza Strip in 2007. Hamas' historical roots stem from the Muslim Brotherhood.