Haneyya: Erdogan’s visit to Gaza historic



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[ 11/09/2011 – 03:39 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has said that his government was preparing for the historic visit of Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Strip even it was not yet formally determined.

He said in an interview with the Turkish Anatolia news agency on Sunday that his cabinet has prepared a special committee to prepare for the visit.

Erdogan is to start a four-day tour of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya on Monday to re-launch cooperation with those countries. He personally expressed a desire to visit Gaza Strip during his Cairo visit.

Haneyya said the Turkish side has not yet formally said if Erdogan will visit Gaza. If he does, Haneyya said, it would be a historic event during which the people of Gaza would show their support for Turkey. “This visit would be a real step in the direction of breaking the cruel blockade. This visit would give the people of Gaza the chance to show their love for Turkey,” he said.

Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and other senior diplomats and suspended military agreements after Israel refused to apologize for killing eight Turks and a Turkish-American on an aid ship that was trying to break the naval blockade of Gaza on May 31, 2010.

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