Hamas slams EU ministers for bypassing it in upcoming Gaza visit

14:32, July 12, 2010      

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Hamas on Sunday slammed foreign ministers of some European Union (EU) countries for not planning to meet its officials in their upcoming visit to Gaza later this month.

In a statement sent to the press, Hamas parliamentary bloc said it welcomes all visitors to the Hamas-controlled territory "but we find it strange that the ministers are saying they are not interested in meeting the officials in Gaza or arrange the visit with them."

Foreign ministers of France, Italy and Spain are expected to visit Gaza this month to check Israel's declarations that it has eased the tight blockade that has been imposed since Hamas took over the territory in June 2007.

Like the United States, the EU recognizes Hamas as a terrorist group and refuses to hold official talks with it.

Refusing to meet Hamas or its government "doesn't demonstrate wisdom and insight, it is to satisfy the Zionist entity," the statement said, adding "the EU officials should enter Gaza through its real gates by arranging with the legitimate government (of Hamas)."

Israel decided to relax the blockade to calm down international criticism after its forces killed nine activists onboard a flotilla trying to break the siege on May 31.

Source: Xinhua


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