Maltese FM visits Gaza, pledges help

21:35, December 17, 2010      

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Foreign Minister of Malta Tonio Borg visited on Friday in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and pledged to help improve the living conditions of the population in the coastal enclave.

Borg, who arrived in Gaza through Erez crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, visited a sewage plant in northern Gaza Strip and the fishermen harbor in Gaza city.

He then held talks with the UN officials, who briefed him on the living situation as well as the economical and social difficulties of the population in the enclave which has been under an Israeli blockade for four years.

"The previous visits of European Foreign Ministers to the Gaza Strip over the past few months had shown a significant change in the policies of the European Union towards the Gaza Strip and its people," said Borg.

"The recent European Union policy towards the Gaza Strip is a positive policy and it will be fruitful in the future," Borg told reporters, adding that "the EU will expand and will be stronger in the future."

The minister pledged that his country will finance humanitarian projects as well as the UN Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) in the nearest future.

Brog did not hold any talks or contacts with any Hamas Islamic movement's officials. Hamas has been ruling the enclave since June 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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