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Gaza conference seeks to maintain relations with Egyptian people

Nov. 2, 2013 1:26 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 7:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A popular conference kicked off Saturday in Gaza City seeking to reinforce relations between the Palestinian and Egyptian peoples after the rift between Egypt and the Hamas movement which rules the coastal enclave.

Five Egyptian political parties will send recorded speeches to be played at the conference. Representatives of those conferences couldn’t travel to the Gaza Strip to join it in person.

The conference is being organized by civil society organizations, dignitaries, academics, female activists and students.

One of the organizers, senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef, told Ma’an that the conference was a message from the Palestinian people reiterating that Egypt “is very valuable to us and we are trying through the conference to maintain the historic relations based on religious, language and cultural ties.”

Asked why representatives of Egyptian political parties haven’t participated in person, he said it was due only to travel difficulties. “The Egyptian foreign ministry has been notified about the conference which will be covered by numerous Egyptian media outlets.”

He highlighted that the organizers recorded interviews with several Egyptian personalities to be played during the conference.

Similarly, Husam Udwan, who chairs Gaza Strip’s syndicate of university professors, said the conference would seek to “protect and enhance” Palestinian-Egyptian relations in light of the recent misunderstandings and “Israeli media attempts to fabricate lies to drive a wedge between both peoples.”
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