EU foreign policy chief arrives in Gaza

08:27, July 19, 2010      

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) addresses the media during her visit to a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip July 18, 2010. Ashton arrived on Sunday in the Gaza Strip in the second visit this year to inspect humanitarian situation after Israel loosened its three-year-old blockade. On Saturday, Ashton met with Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, in Ramallah and announced a 40-million-euro donation to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), led by President Mahmoud Abbas. (Xinhua Photo)


The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Sunday arrived at the Gaza Strip on a second visit this year to inspect humanitarian situation there after Israel eased its three-year-old tight blockade.

Ashton crossed into Gaza via Erez crossing point through Israel. The main appointments on her agenda are meetings with officials from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and touring EU-funded projects.

She is also expected to meet representatives of Gaza's private businesses as she announced Saturday that the EU was going to increase its support to the private sector.

The baroness is not set to meet officials of the deposed Hamas government which took over the coastal enclave by force in 2007.

On Saturday, Ashton met with Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, in Ramallah and announced a 40-million-euro donation to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), led by President Mahmoud Abbas whose Fatah party lost control of Gaza to Hamas in June 2007.

Recently, Israel relaxed its blockade that has be imposed since Hamas' seizure of Gaza, allowing in all kinds of food products and items that can only be used for civilian purposes. However, Israel is still banning cement and some vital construction materials like gravel and iron to be delivered into the besieged enclave.

After her meeting with Fayyad, Ashton said she supports the new Israeli policy towards Gaza that aimed at improving the living situation of the people there.

Israel reviewed its policies toward Gaza following an international outcry against the due to its commandos' deadly raid on a Gaza-bound international aid flotilla in the end of May.

Source: Xinhua

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