Hamas Hails Haniya-Morsi Meeting

Hamas on Friday hailed the meeting between its leader in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, and Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, saying it represented a “turning point” in bilateral relations.
“The meeting between (prime minister Ismail Haniya) and the Egyptian president (Mohamed Morsi) constitutes a real turning point in bilateral relations,” Haniya’s spokesman in Gaza, Taher Al-Nunu, said in a statement.
The Thursday meeting in Cairo “touched on strategic issues, and bodes of a future of joint work,” Nunu said.
“The prime minister is comfortable with the results of his meeting with Morsi,” Nunu said.
Haniya’s visit to Cairo, a week after Morsi met with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, came days after Palestinian officials said Egypt had eased visa requirements for Gazans under 40.
Last week, Haniya had hailed the meeting between Morsi and Meshaal as a “fruit of the revolution” that overthrew Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak early last year. Hamas is an offshoot of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Gaza has been under semi-blockade by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took over the enclave. Mubarak eased the blockade under pressure in 2010, but did not allow commercial traffic through the Rafah border crossing as Hamas had hoped.
Morsi met Abbas and Meshaal last week, after saying that he would not favor either of their factions as Egypt attempts to reconcile them.

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