Haniyeh welcomes change in US administration, willing to talk 29Oct09 October 30, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  29 October 2009

71153There is nothing wrong with talking to the United States, de facto Prime Minister of Gaza Ismail Haniyeh told American delegates on a medical mission in Gaza on Wednesday.

Hamas welcomes the new language of US President Barack Obama, Haniyeh added, but noted the administration must implement its plans so the Palestinian people can establish their state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Haniyeh, during an American medical delegation visit on Wednesday, stressed that Hamas is with the real fair peace which will bring for the Palestinian people their rights and will end the occupation.

“I am convinced of the fairness of the rules of democracy, pluralism and the peaceful transfer of power in Palestine,” he told the delegation, but noted the punishment the Palestinian people received when they fairly elected Hamas in 2006.

The United States has the ability to bring peace to the region, Haniyeh said, and we have no issues with the Americans, but we ask them to back up their pledges.

Haniyeh welcomed the delegation in Gaza thanking them for their humanitarian and social services. He also added that the visit had a special meaning, and showed support from the American people for Gazans and their rejection of the Israeli siege.

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