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Egyptian parliamentary delegation visits Gaza

February 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm


An Egyptian parliamentary delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday via the Rafah Crossing for a short official visit during which they will meet with government officials and civil society leaders.

Following a meeting with Palestinian parliamentarians this morning (Thursday 29 March), the delegation met with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and a number of his advisors and ministers. Mr Haniyeh affirmed his government’s readiness to cooperate fully with Egypt to safeguard mutual security interests, especially in the Sinai region. The Prime Minister urged his Egyptian guests to intensify their efforts to end the siege of the Gaza Strip.

The leader of the delegation is Dr Muhammad Al Saeed Idris, the head of the Council for Arab Affairs in the Egyptian parliament. He told Mr. Haniyeh that Egypt will not be a party to any blockade of Gaza. “The revolution,” he said, “was not just for Egyptians, but also the people of Palestine and the Arab nation as a whole.”

MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad