Saturday, July 7, 2012

Brothers in arms; Morsi and Haniyeh

The Muslim Brotherhood meets with Hamas.  Nothing to see here, go back to sleep.

From the Egypt Independent July 5

Morsy to meet with Haniyeh in August, Maan says

Hamas is in touch with the Egyptian presidential office to set up a meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Maan News Agency reported Thursday.

Maan quoted sources as saying that a meeting will be held next month between Haniyeh and Morsy to discuss conditions in the Gaza Strip.

Mohamed Awad, the Hamas foreign minister and deputy prime minister in Gaza, told Maan that the discussions will focus on the daily lives of Palestinians in the strip and general political issues. He stressed the need to focus on supporting the Palestinian cause in international forums and applying pressure to ease the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Awad expressed the hope that the Rafah border crossing would be treated like any other border crossing and would remain open and running normally.

Egyptian state-run news agency MENA quoted Youssef Rizqa, a political adviser to Haniyeh, as saying that a Hamas delegation will pay a visit to Cairo next Thursday to congratulate Morsy on his victory.

Morsy said in a speech last week that, “Egypt will stand with the Palestinian people in order to get all of their legitimate rights and will work on completing the reconciliation process so that the Palestinian people will be united.”

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