Abu Marzouk calls on Egypt to end smear campaign against Hamas



CAIRO, (PIC)– Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk called on the Egyptian leadership to put an end to the smear campaign launched by some parties in the country against his Movement and the Gaza Strip.

In remarks on his facebook page, Abu Marzouk stressed that Hamas has no interest in getting involved or causing all the security events which it was accused falsely of, noting that all accusations and claims that had been made against Hamas were unfounded and with no evidence.

He also called for opening the Rafah border crossing since there is no reason to keep closing it after the Egyptian authorities destroyed the tunnels.

“Hamas has affirmed on different occasions its position on the need for opening the crossing in order for the tunnels to be shut down,” the Hamas official stated.

“Egypt is neither a party to the notorious agreement of crossings, nor a party to the Paris agreement which restricts the Palestinian trade and considers the Palestinian economy part of the internal economy of the Zionists,” he added, affirming his Movement’s willingness to discuss the mechanisms for the opening of the crossing after all tunnels had been destroyed.

He also hailed Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmi for his recent remarks about Gaza and Rafah crossing, saying that this new Egyptian position can be seen as a response to all parties that persist in demonizing Hamas and accusing it of being a threat to Egypt’s security.

Minister Fahmi stated recently that Egypt would not accept to be a party to the blockade imposed on Gaza and it would be natural to discuss with Hamas the arrangements for the opening of Rafah crossing.

The minister also stated that Egypt is not a party to the 2005 agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and cannot accept starving the Palestinians in Gaza.

(Source / 29.08.2013)

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