13 07.2011

Hamas objects to Abbas's welcoming of Greek president

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Hamas has rejected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's conduct in welcoming Greek President Karolos Papoulias after Greece issued a ban on Gaza flotilla ships docked at its ports.

The ships had sights set on defying Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip and delivering much needed aid.

Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil said in a press statement on Tuesday: “At a time when the Palestinians are outraged at Greece's official position...in response to Zionist pressure...Abbas shocks us by receiving Greek president Karalos Papoulias in Ramallah.”

Bardawil also objected to the fact that the move came after Papoulias visited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Peres thanked Papoulias for support of Israel's position on the flotilla.

Dozens of Palestinians took to the streets at Manara Square, downtown Ramallah, in reaction to Abbas's welcome of Papoulias.

They raised Palestinian flags and banners condemning the Greek president's flotilla ban.

Papoulias landed Monday in Israel for an official visit and then went ahead to Ramallah for a second state visit to the Palestinian Authority, which received him with a ceremony bus. The move angered Palestinians.