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Egypt fears Israel will exploit EU stand on Hamas

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher voiced fears that Israel would use the European Union’s new hard line on the Islamic militant group Hamas to wage more attacks in the Palestinian territories. “Israel must not exploit any decision taken by the EU as a pretext to pursue its practices which are extremely dangerous,” Maher told reporters, with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana standing by him. “We are hoping for a firmer position from all parties faced with Israeli practices,” he added. During a meeting in Italy on Saturday, EU foreign ministers agreed to blacklist the political wing of the radical Palestinian group Hamas and freeze its assets. Solana said meanwhile that the European Union hoped Hamas could enter the political mainstream. Full Story

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