Gaza, 3 Rabiul Awwal 1434/14 January 2013 (PIC/MINA) – Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza Prime Minister, considered the arrival of the Egyptian delegation, headed by Egypt’s Minister of Sport, to the Gaza Strip as “an Egyptian and Arab declaration of breaking the siege imposed on Gaza’s sports.”
This came today during the reception of the Egyptian delegation by Haniyeh at his home in the Shati refugee camp in western Gaza. The delegation is headed by Egyptian Minister of Sports, Ameri Farouk, and includes about 70 athletes, media figures in the field of sports and members of the Egyptian Shura Council.
The Prime Minister said the visit was historic “and represented an Egyptian and Arab explicit declaration of breaking the siege imposed on sports in Palestine and the Gaza Strip.”
He has also hailed the Egyptian role in defending Palestine, noting that the victory of Gaza during the recent eight-day war represents a victory for Egypt.
He expressed appreciation for the role and the great efforts, made by Egypt and headed by Egyptian President, to complete the reconciliation, adding that the national unity is a strategic choice and that division must be ended in order to form a single government.
Gaza Premier also thanked Egypt for its efforts made in the reconstruction file, and noted that large quantities of Qatari fuel were allowed today to Gaza through Egypt.
Haniyeh confirmed that Gaza will defend the security of Egypt from east to west, and said “Egypt’s security is our security and Egypt’s stability is our stability. Sinai will always be part of Egypt and Gaza will always be part of Palestine.”
For his part; Egypt’s Minister of Sports thanked the prime minister in Gaza and the Palestinian people for the warm reception, explaining that “the most important objective of the delegation is to break the siege on Palestine’s sports.”
He noted that a number of tournaments will be organized between Palestine and Egypt until the lifting of the siege imposed on Palestine, and condemned targeting the infrastructure of the Palestinian Sports. (T/R-018/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)