Egypt's Morsi meets Hamas chief Meshaal

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met Palestinian Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, a day after hosting his rival Mahmud Abbas amid scrutiny over how Cairo’s policy on the Palestinians might change.

The Islamist Morsi affirmed his support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip which is ruled by Hamas, Meshaal said after the meeting on Thursday.
“Morsi affirmed Egypt’s support for Palestinians in Gaza, which confirms a new era in relations between Egypt and the Palestinian cause,” said Meshaal, in comments published by the Egyptian state news agency MENA.

Hamas hailed the “historic” meeting, the first between a delegation from the Palestinian movement and an Egyptian head of state. Hamas leader Ismail Haniya will meet Morsi, for the first time, in Cairo next week, Haniya’s office said.

Israel and Egypt have partly blockaded Gaza, which neighbours both nations, since 2007, when Hamas violently routed Abbas’s Fatah from the coastal enclave.

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