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Tunisian President makes first visit to Gaza

Moncef Marzouki

Wikipedia-Samir ABDELMOUMEN

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki is expected to make his first visit to Gaza, according to Hamas officials.

"Tunisia President Marzouki will carry out a very important visit to the Gaza Strip on February 9," Hamas official Ghazi Hammad said, without giving details of the president's itinerary or who would be accompanying him.

"This important visit will boost Arab solidarity with the Palestinian cause," Hammad added, saying "this solidarity must be used to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation."

Marzouki's visit comes after several key figures have visited the city, including a delegation of Arab foreign ministers, along with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davatoglu, that visited the small coastal territory on a solidarity mission during the recent violent clash between Israel and Hamas. The Tunisian Foreign Minister, Rafik Abdesslem, was also part of the delegation.

Earlier in 2012, Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani became the first senior international leader to visit Gaza since Hamas took control of the territory from the rival Fatah movement in 2007.

www.jpost.com - 'Tunisian president delays visit at Abbas's behest'

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