Press release on Hamas Chief's meeting with Egyptian Intelligence
05 February, 2019
A senior delegation from Hamas Political Bureau has met with the Egyptian
Intelligence Minister General Abbas Kamel in Cairo. During the meeting, both
sides highlighted the following points:
First: The Hamas delegation and the Egyptian officials stressed that they
maintain rock-solid relations and that Egypt tremendously supports the
Palestinian people until restoring freedom and independence. Both sides
agreed to boost their bilateral relations to serve the shared interests of
Egypt and the Palestinian people.
Second: the Hamas delegation and the Egyptian officials discussed the latest
political developments of the Palestinian cause pertaining to Jerusalem,
Palestinian refugees, crippling Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza, Israeli
settlement expansion that has engulfed the West Bank, and suffering of the
Palestinian detainees held in the Israeli jails.
The movement reiterated that it rejects all schemes aimed to liquidate the
Palestinian cause whether the ‘Deal of the Century’ or any other projects.
Third: Both sides discussed the Palestinian situation, highlighting the
compelling need to restore the Palestinian national unity, achieve national
reconciliation, promote national partnership, and end the intra-Palestinian
division. They also stressed that implementing the previously signed
reconciliation agreements, promoting a positive atmosphere to hold
comprehensive Palestinian dialogue, and forming a national unity government
are necessary steps that should be taken as soon as possible. The future
national unity government should, furthermore, shoulder the responsibility
of holding general elections, blocking the separation of the Gaza Strip from
Palestine, and re-build a rigid Palestinian political structure.
Fourth: the Hamas delegation and the Egyptian officials discussed the
economic situation and dire humanitarian conditions that have been
deteriorating due to the 12-year suffocating Israeli siege on the Gaza
Strip. In turn, the Egyptian officials reiterated the necessity to abide by
the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire understandings and to organise the protests
for sparing the Palestinian people’s lives and keeping the march a peaceful
and popular form of resistance.
Fifth: the Hamas delegation extended thanks to Egypt for keeping the Rafah
crossing open in both directions and for facilitating the movement of the
Gazan travelers. General Abbas Kamel said the Egyptian Authorities are about
to finish developing the border crossing and operation mechanism to
facilitate the movement of travelers and goods entry into the enclave.
Sixth: The senior Hamas official reiterated that preserving the security of
Egypt is of Hamas’ priorities and hence the movement seeks improvement of
coordination to ensure the security of both Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
Moreover, Hamas briefed the Egyptian officials on new cross-border
procedures taken by the Palestinian Security Forces along the Gaza-Egypt
borders. In turn, Egypt thanked Hamas for their endeavorus in this regard
Tuesday, February 5, 2019