Egypt FM: Hamas 'not opening bureau in Cairo'
Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr said Thursday that Hamas had not opened a bureau in Cairo, MAAN reported.
Amro told the Al-Ahram daily that Hamas officials were welcome in Cairo as visitors, but denied reports the party had opened an office there.
|"Nope, not them, we'd never let their kind in here. It's, um, someone else."|
Turkish state media reported Thursday that Hamas had permanently closed its politburo in Damascus and moved its staff to Cairo.
A Hamas official told the Anadolu Agency that Hamas officials in Syria would begin working in Cairo from October. The official said Egypt gave Hamas permission to relocate to Cairo six months ago but the offer was not publicized "perhaps due to a request by the Egyptian government or due to expectations on the end of crisis in Syria."
Hamas leaders were due to end a visit to Cairo on Friday after meetings with Egyptian officials.
|Or it's just the usual Arab hospitality for their brother Palestinians...|
Assad allowed Hamas to relocate to Damascus after it was ousted from Jordan in 1999, and the party is said to have significant assets in Syria. The party had been reluctant to criticize its ally, who is supported by Hamas' financial backer Iran.
|After which they'll be kicked out...|
Posted by: Steve White