search

Morsi and Haniyeh exchange holiday greetings, pledge mutual support

Hamas leader thanks his Egyptian counterpart for support of Palestinian cause in Eid al-Fitr chat

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh celebrates the victory of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt in June (photo credit: AP/Hatem Moussa)
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh celebrates the victory of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt in June (photo credit: AP/Hatem Moussa)

Egypt’s Islamist president and the prime minister of Hamas-ruled Gaza exchanged holiday wishes on Sunday, marking Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Ma’an news reported Sunday.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi reportedly told Hamas Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh that Egypt stands by the Islamist organization, and the latter thanked the former for his support of the Palestinian people.

Earlier on Sunday Haniyeh called for the exclusion of Israel from security cooperation with Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula. Haniyeh said that Sinai security should be the province of joint Egyptian and Hamas cooperation.

Egypt closed the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip following an August 5 terror attack on Egyptian and Israeli border posts in which 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed.

Haniyeh noted the importance of cooperating with Egyptian security service, but said he had yet to see proof that the Sinai attacks were connected to Gaza, the report added. Morsi’s government suggested the assailants had help from Gaza, a claim Hamas denies.

Egypt on Tuesday opened its border with Hamas-ruled Gaza for a three-day period in advance of Eid al-Fitr, but imposed tight restrictions on who could travel and did not say whether it would resume normal border operations.

AP contributed to this report

read more:
comments
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed