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Haniyeh in Tunisia "to break siege on Gaza".

Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in 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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