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Abbas urges Tunisian president not to visit Gaza

English.news.cn   2013-01-26 20:56:15            

RAMALLAH, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki not to visit the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, a Palestinian official said Saturday.

In a letter to Marzouki, Abbas said such a visit would contribute in "boosting the Palestinian split and harming the exclusivity of the Palestinian representation," according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Abbas' letter came days after Hamas said Marzouki will be the third head of state to visit the coastal enclave since it routed pro-Abbas forces and took over the territory in 2007.

Marzouki has received the message and promised to study it and make "a suitable decision," the official said.

On Tuesday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Gaza on what he called a humanitarian mission. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani visited the enclave in October, inaugurating a massive rebuilding project.

Editor: Chen Zhi
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