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Hamas in Cairo to Discuss Elections

Hamas in Cairo to Discuss Elections

Thursday, 7 November, 2019 - 12:15
FILE PHOTO: A general view of banks, hotels, office and residential buildings in the center of Cairo, Egypt, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A Hamas delegation headed by Khalil al-Haya left Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, said Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem.

Qassem said the visit aims at briefing “Egyptian brothers with Hamas’s position on the elections, its seriousness to complete this process and the flexibility it has been showing to attain this goal, in addition to discussing means of making the elections a success.”

He stressed that the delegation will also discuss bilateral relations that would serve both people’s interests and Egypt’s role in alleviating the humanitarian crisis in the Strip due to the Israeli blockade.

“The delegation is scheduled to begin a foreign tour aimed at recruiting the necessary support for the Palestinian cause and enhancing the steadfastness of our people on their land, especially in light of the challenges the cause has been facing,” the spokesman explained.

It is not yet known whether the delegation's visit will include Tehran, but it could include Qatar and Turkey, and possibly Lebanon, Russia and Kuwait.

Its members are supposed to join another delegation from abroad, which may be headed by member of Hamas political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk its Deputy Head Saleh al-Arouri.

“The delegation was to be led by Head of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh, but the Egyptian authorities did not give him the necessary approval,” the German news agency, DPA, quoted an unnamed source as saying.

In September, Haniyeh received an Egyptian security delegation, headed by Major General Ahmed Abdel Khaleq, head of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian intelligence.

A Hamas statement said the two sides discussed “the importance of developing bilateral relations to achieve the common interests of both Egypt and the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, and to build on what has been realized in the past stage.”

The movement affirmed its unwavering stance on building strategic relations with Egypt and Cairo’s pivotal role in the region.

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