Haniyeh leaves Gaza for tour of Arab, Islamic countries

December 25, 2011 17:29

For the first time since 2007, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh left the Gaza Strip Sunday on a tour that will take him to a number of Arab and islamic countries.

On the eve of the tour, Hamas reiterated its opposition to renouncing violence and recognizing Israel's right to exist.

Haniyeh's tour will take him to Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, said a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip.

Unconfirmed reports said that Haniyeh will also visit Benghazi for talks with the new leaders of Libya.

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