CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt was holding talks with Hamas officials on Sunday aimed at brokering a ceasefire in Gaza ahead of further negotiations with Israeli officials on Monday, an Egyptian official said. "A meeting is taking place with a Hamas delegation and talks will resume tomorrow with the Israelis," said Ismail Khart, head of Egypt's State Information Service. The talks are aimed at "obtaining a ceasefire based on the Egyptian initiative" to end the war in Gaza, he said. Senior Israeli defence official Amos Gilad is in charge of negotiating with Egypt on an eventual ceasefire. Gilad was in Cairo for initial talks on the Egyptian truce plan on Thursday. "A ceasefire is very important, we cannot put the parties to negotiations as long as the fighting is continuing," said Khart. A Hamas delegation from Gaza and representatives of the Syrian-based leadership were in Cairo for talks on Sunday with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's pointman for Israeli-Palestinian affairs. Mussa Abu Marzuk, the Damascus-based deputy head of the Hamas politburo, said Friday that his movement wanted "clarifications" on the plan.