Hamas’s ‘foreign minister’ visits Gaza for 1st time

By
January 21, 2013 01:13

Hamdan says reconciliation with Fatah progressing, there are no obstacles preventing the two parties from ending their dispute.

PA President Abbas and Hamass Mashaal [file]

PA President Abbas with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 (R). (photo credit:REUTERS/Ho New)

Osama Hamdan, Hamas’s unofficial foreign minister, arrived in the Gaza Strip Sunday on the first visit of its kind.

Hamdan, who is based in Lebanon, is in charge of Hamas’s “external affairs department.”



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



He will stay in the Gaza Strip for several days.

Hamdan arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and immediately met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.


Last month, Hamas leader Khaled Mashall also visited the Gaza Strip for the first time to participate in celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement.

Upon his arrival in the Gaza Strip, Hamdan told reporters that efforts to achieve reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah were moving forward. He said that there were no obstacles preventing the two parties from ending their dispute.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that Malaysian Prime Minister Najeeb Razak will visit the Gaza Strip this week.

Najeeb will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and other officials, said an aide to the prime minister.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Share this article via
Related Content
syrian refugees
May 22, 2017
Syrian refugee will lead effort to monitor Arab media

By DANIELLE ZIRI

Israel Weather
  • 16 - 27
    Beer Sheva
    18 - 24
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 13 - 22
    Jerusalem
    17 - 23
    Haifa
  • 21 - 36
    Elat
    19 - 30
    Tiberias