Iranian lawmakers to visit Gaza: MP

07:59, August 02, 2010      

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A delegation of Iranian lawmakers are expected to receive Egyptian visas before Aug. 10 to travel to Gaza, the local satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Majlis, announced in a press briefing that the four-member Majlis delegation are to meet with Egypt's parliament speaker and other government officials before travelling to Gaza, the report said.

"Iranian delegation plans to meet with ordinary residents, families of Palestinian martyrs and those injured during Israeli raids in the occupied territories, as well as legal Palestinian officials that govern Gaza," Bighash was quoted as saying.

The Parliamentarian delegation seeks to assess the situation in Gaza and report it to the Iranian parliament, according the report.

Besides, Bighash said, "the delegation does not carry any aid for Gazans, but we are going to hold talks with Egyptian officials to pave the way for sending aid there," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

The Iranian officials have incessantly used stark rhetoric condemning Israel's siege on Gaza and called on the Jewish state to fully lift it and reopen all crossings to the strip so that humanitarian aid can be shipped into the territory.

Source: Xinhua


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