The Minister of Public Works and Housing in Gaza has announced that a memorandum of understanding will be signed next week to allow construction materials through the Rafah border crossing into the beleaguered territory. Yousef Algharez made the announcement at the end of his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Tarek Wafik, on Wednesday, during which the two discussed the practicalities of getting the much-needed materials and equipment through Rafah.
Mr. Algharez stressed the strong relations between the two countries and expressed his appreciation of the huge efforts being made by Egypt to support the cause of Palestine. The most recent result of these efforts was the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel brokered by the Egyptians.
"Our meeting has taken place thanks to some courageous decisions taken by President Morsi," said Algharez, "who insisted on the need for construction materials to be allowed into Gaza through the Rafah crossing."
Minister Wafik welcomed his visitor and told journalists of the high regard that the people of Egypt have for Gaza and Palestine. He praised the now legendary steadfastness of the Palestinian people during the recent Israeli offensive against civilians in Gaza.
Welcoming the entry of materials to help with the reconstruction of Gaza, Wafik confirmed that he will do his best to overcome all of the possible obstacles that the process may face.