Haniyeh in Tunisia "to break siege on Gaza".
Strip Ismail Haniyeh arrived here on Thursday on a five-day visit to Tunisia
after a similar visit to Turkey.
He was received at Tunis-Carthage Airport by Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi
El-Jebali and Rashed El-Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamic Al-Nahdha
(renaissance) movement which leads the three-party ruling coalition, as well
as several senior officials.
Soon after his arrival, Haniyeh held talks with El-Jebali at El-Qasaba
Speaking to reporters, the Hamas leader said: "My visit aims primarily to
break the unfair political and economic embargo imposed by the Israeli
occupation authority on Gaza Strip since 2006."
"If the world neglected us in the past, I daresay the Arab Spring, which
started from Tunisia, did justice to Gaza and to our democratically-elected
government," he affirmed.
He added that to support the Palestinian people, particularly those
suffering from the Zionist blockade, is a religious and national commitment
for the Tunisian people.
Addressing the Tunisians, he said: "You offered an example to be followed
by other nations in the region by forming an integrated government that
combines the Islamic, nationalist and liberal trends and creating a new
reality that respects democracy and coexistence."
On his part, El-Jebali welcomed Haniyeh and renewed the support of the
Tunisian people and government for the Palestinian people.
During his five-day stay here, Haniyeh plans to hold talks with President
Moncef Marzouki and El-Ghannouchi, as well other senior government officials.
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|Date:||Jan 6, 2012|
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