Hamas chief Khalid Mesha’al discussed efforts for a truce in Gaza with the ruler of Kuwait, current chair of the Arab League, on Sunday, state media and a diplomatic source said.
The official Kuna news agency gave no details of the talks with Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
But a diplomatic source said that they focused on the situation in Gaza and ways to end the 13-day Israeli assault on the Palestinian territory which has killed nearly 400 people.
Mesha’al arrived in the early hours of Sunday from Qatar where he is based.
He was due to return to Doha later to discuss the truce efforts with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
Earlier this week, an Egyptian truce proposal was accepted by the Israelis, but snubbed by Hamas, which said it had not been consulted.
It has since requested changes to the Egyptian plan.
Hamas is demanding a complete end to the Israeli blockade on Gaza, that the Rafah crossing with Egypt be opened, and that the Israeli regime free scores of veteran prisoners who were re-arrested in recent weeks.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due in Kuwait on Monday for talks with the Amir as he joins the diplomatic efforts for a Gaza truce, Kuna said.