In Cairo, Hamas calls for open crossings

March 29, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A delegation of Hamas leaders from Gaza are in Cairo this week, and told reporters at a news conference at the Press Syndicate office Tuesday that the party did not seek to interfere with Egyptian security.

The strength of Cairo is strength for the Palestinian cause, Hamas politburo member Mahmoud Zahhar told journalists, saying his visit was aimed at assuring the interim Egyptian leadership that the Gaza government supported their cause.

“The winner is resistance,” when Egypt is secure, Zahhar said.

He told reporters that the had a series of meetings with Egyptian intelligence officials, and would meet with the new Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi later in the week.

“Important changes have begun,” he said of the events in Egypt since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, saying the development of a new constitution and preparation for elections would “re-draw the regional policies” of the country, remarking that already Al-Arabi had warned Israel not to attack Gaza, during the recent escalation in border violence.

Zahhar said his main point of discussion with Al-Arabi would be the current efforts toward Palestinian reconciliation, saying that Hamas officials had concluded an internal dialogue and “reached a unified position” on how to achieve reconciliation.

Most importantly, he continued, was the discussion he expected to press with Al-Arabi, on how to end the siege on Gaza, and secure the opening of the Gaza crossings for the free passage of goods and people.


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