Haneyya calls on Egypt PM to ease border restrictions

[ 17/07/2011 – 03:08 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya has called on his Egyptian counterpart Essam Sharaf to ease travel procedures on the Rafah border crossing.

In a letter he sent with Palestinian government delegates visiting Egypt, Haneyya expressed gratitude for Egypt’s support for the Palestinians’ right to freedom and self-determination, especially as Egypt brokered talks that led to a deal between factions that rule longtime divided Palestinian territories.

In the letter, Haneyya also urged Egypt to continue sponsoring the Palestinian reconciliation deal as it has been stalled recently because of a rift in whom should be prime minister of the transition government ahead of elections.

Among the delegates to Egypt are secretary-general of the Council of Ministers Mohammed Asqoul and Haneyya’s political advisor Yousef Rezqa. They were dispatched on a state visit aimed at gaining support in Palestinian issues and opening horizons for cooperation with the Egyptian government in a way that serves the interests and aspirations of the Palestinian people.

“We look to Egypt as the central and leading Arab state, which has sufficient capacity to move the Arab world and the international community to protect Jerusalem and the West Bank from settlement activity and Judaization and lift the siege on our people in Gaza and move the wheel of reconstruction and activate decisions made at the Sharm al-Sheikh conference and address [Israel’s] decision to banish the Jerusalem legislators and minister,” Haneyya said.

Egyptian sources said a delegation from the Gaza Strip headed by deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad landed in Egypt on Saturday to hold talks on several issues, including the Rafah border crossing and the reconciliation.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have complained that only a limited number of them have been able to cross to Egypt on a daily basis.

Gazans live in crisis as some 15,000 commuters wait to cross borders to Egypt, while only 400 are allowed to cross daily.


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