During a visit to Gaza on Wednesday (05.01.2011), former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, met with Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, to discuss the latest political developments within the Palestinian arena.
Following his meeting with Clark, Haniyeh held a press conference in which he stated that the two had addressed the general situation in Gaza, along with the Zionist siege on the Strip. “We believe that such visits have great political significance to us and our people. Mr Ramsey Clark is a high-ranking political figure, who has held both official and non-official positions. We have seen him, in more than one battle, seeking rights and justice. He is a prominent politician who affirms his complete solidarity with the Palestinian people and the elected Palestinian government, which came to power through free and fair elections” he said. He also stated that “We, as a people and a government, seek freedom and independence; a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital; and an end to the blockade.”
Haniyyah went on to emphasize the importance of continued political action at both the official and popular levels, toward breaking the siege. He said that he had discussed with Clark the possibility of arranging for political figures and heads of state to visit the Gaza Strip in the context of breaking the siege.
He also spoke with Clark about the latest war on Gaza, especially given that his visit coincided with the anniversary of the war and informed him that the repercussions of that attack were on-going.