Exports are key to 'revitalizing' Gazan economy, says Blair

December 8, 2010 17:02


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Quartet Representative Tony Blair on Wednesday welcomed the Security Cabinet's decision to allow further exports from Gaza.

"The Israeli government has today taken another important step, which follows its decision from June of this year to change Israel's policy towards imports to Gaza," said Blair. "Allowing exports is key for the revitalization of Gaza's economy and job creation and can be done in accordance with Israel's security needs. It will help strengthen the legitimate private sector and alleviate some of the hardship faced by local businessmen."

After praising the Israeli government's decision on Wednesday, Blair also emphasized his belief that Israel could do more to ease the hardship felt by the civilian population of Gaza. "There is, of course, still much more to do for the people of Gaza, not least in the area of construction, water and power and we will continue to move forward on these issues," he added.

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