Spanish Foreign Minister Arrives in Gaza

GAZA, January 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo Tuesday arrived in the Gaza Strip through Beit Hanoun ‘Erez’ crossing with Israel on a few hours’ visit to the war-weary coastal enclave, a Palestinian official said.

Maher Abu Sabha, head of the Palestinian border authority, told the Anadolu Agency that Garcia-Margallo ‘aims to get acquainted with the impact of the recent Israeli offensive in the coastal enclave and hold talks with chief of United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA Pierre Krahenbuhl.’

The top diplomat arrived in Ramallah on Monday, where he met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

The visit comes as part of a regional tour for the Spanish minister to get familiar with the ‘status quo’ in the Middle East, a statement by the Spanish Foreign Ministry said earlier.

He is scheduled to visit Israel following the Gaza Strip. Garcia-Margallo first stated his tour by meeting the Jordanian King Abdullah II and a number of Spanish businessmen in Amman.