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Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.

TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has called for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Gilmore, who is on a four day tour of Israel and Palestine, said that the current restrictions on what can enter Gaza is “utterly unjust” and “counterproductive”.

“It is dispiriting to see how little real change there has been in Gaza since the end of the Israeli military operation against Gaza three years ago,” said the Tánaiste.

“What I have seen today has reinforced my belief that it is utterly unjust as well as counterproductive to subject Gaza to these restrictions, to choke off its economy, and to reduce its people to a state of complete dependency”.

He said that he will raise the situation in Gaza with Israeli government representatives with whom he is due to meet tomorrow.

Gilmore is on the third day of his trip to Israel and Palestine today.

He is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al Malaki this afternoon to discuss the stalled Middle East peace process.

Tomorrow he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he begins the official Israeli leg of his visit.

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