Gaza, 29 Jumadil Akhir 1434/9 May 2013 (MINA) – Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh welcomed on Wednesday a parliamentary delegation from Bahrain ahead of their three-day official visit to the coastal enclave.

      The delegation, which includes Bahrain Parliament Speaker sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Dhahrani, was greeted by Haniyeh in a tent erected on the ruins of the cabinet building in Gaza City, a statement read. 
      Haniyeh applauded bilateral relations between Palestine and Bahrain, praising the gulf state’s continued financial aid to Palestinians. 
      The Bahrain News Agency quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) as reporting that the visit is being held to strengthen parliamentary relations between both sides. 
      Eight other members of the Bahrain parliament are among the delegation, the BNA reported, including the chairman of the legislative and legal affairs committee and member of the Bahraini-Palestinian Fraternity Committee Ali Otaish, Chairman of the Committee for the Support of the Palestinian People MP Ali Ahmed and Acting Secretary-General Jamel Zuwaid. 
       Other MPs include Hassan Bu Khammas, Abdulhameed al-Meer, Jassim al-Saidi, Mohammed Buquais and Abdulla bin Huwail, the BNA reported. 
       Bahrain was among the first countries to donate to reconstruction efforts following Operation Cast Led, contributing $5.4 million to UNRWA, the Palestine refugee agency. (T/P01/E1).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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