Hamas leader Haniya to meet Morsi

2012-07-25 18:31
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Gaza City -Hamas leader Ismail Haniya will on Wednesday visit Egypt for talks with President Mohammed Morsi, his office said.

Hamas, the radical Islamist movement ruling Gaza, is an offshoot of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Easing a blockade on the Gaza Strip is expected to dominate the discussions.

Hamas wants a full opening of the Gaza-Egypt border crossing of Rafah, the only gate to the outside world for Gaza travelers that bypasses Israel. Hamas also wants a free trade zone between Gaza and Egypt.

Haniya, who heads a Gaza-based Hamas government, will also discuss the supply of electricity and fuel from Egypt, underground smuggling and the rebuilding of the territory, a statement from his office said.

Members of his cabinet, including the foreign, economy and housing ministers, are scheduled to accompany him on his four-day visit, as are a number of lawmakers.

Hamas won a Palestinian parliamentary election in 2006 and seized control of the Gaza Strip a year later after routing rival Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who governs the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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