Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Thursday suspended talks on a 'national unity' government in Cairo after failing for the third time to agree on key contentious points.

Senior Hamas leader and negotiator Izzat al-Rishq told reporters that the two groups could not agree on the political platform for the interim government, control of Palestinian security forces, or the conduct of elections to replace the interim government.

A fourth round of Egyptian-brokered talks will be held on April 21 after delegates from the Palestinian factions consult with their leaders, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

The moderate Islamic organization Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, governs in the West Bank, while its rival militant group Hamas holds the control of Gaza. The Western world doesn't have diplomatic relations with the Hamas regime.

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