Haniyeh: Egypt will not declare Hamas a 'terrorist group'
Published Tuesday 31/12/2013 (updated) 07/01/2014 12:57
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday ruled out the possibility that Egypt would declare the Hamas movement as a "terrorist" group.
Speaking to reporters in Gaza City, Haniyeh said that various media outlets have been trying to promote a link between Hamas and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
"Though we oppose this characterization in the first place, nobody can drive Hamas to renounce its ideology, history, dimensions and its depths, no matter what influence they have," he said.
"It is unlikely that any Arab country, and Egypt in particular, could categorize an effective and influential Palestinian resistance movement as a terrorist movement."
Egypt has always sponsored the Palestinian struggle and embraced the Palestinian people, Haniyeh said, adding that the country has sacrificed thousands of men for Palestine.
"Nobody except Israel and the Americans categorize resistance as terrorism," he added.
The Gaza PM said that Hamas does not intervene in Egyptian affairs, stressing that both Egypt and Gaza share the same security concerns.
On Wednesday, Egypt's military-installed rulers declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a "terrorist" organization.
The decision is likely to accelerate a crackdown on the Brotherhood that has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, in street clashes and seen thousands imprisoned since Morsi's overthrow by the military in July.
AFP contributed to this report