France hails Hamas reax to Egypt blast as 'first'

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 25, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Tuesday hailed Hamas' firm condemnation of the attacks on the Egyptian resort of Dahab as a "first" for the Palestinian Islamist group.

PARIS, April 25, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Tuesday hailed Hamas' firm condemnation of the attacks on the Egyptian resort of Dahab as a "first" for the Palestinian Islamist group.

"This is a major foreign policy step. It is the first time that Hamas has voiced a condemnation of this type," Douste-Blazy told France 2 television.

"Not only has this attack been condemned by Israel, by Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, but also — for the first time — by Hamas," he said.

The Hamas-led Palestinian government condemned Monday's bomb attacks, which killed 23 people, as a "criminal act which flouts our religion, shakes Palestinian national security and works against Arab interests".

France last week voiced regret at Hamas' failure to condemn a suicide bombing carried out by Islamic Jihad, which killed nine people in Tel Aviv.

French President Jacques Chirac on Monday expressed his sympathy and dismay after at least 22 people were killed in bomb attacks in an Egyptian seaside resort, his office said in a statement.

"The president expresses his dismay after the bloody attacks that have hit Egypt. He most categorically condemns these heinous terrorist acts," the statement said, after 22 people were killed and dozens wounded when three bomb blasts ripped through the Red Sea resort of Dahab.

Chirac "sends his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the Egyptian people who are being tested so cruelly."

He also expressed "France's solidarity to President Hosni Mubarak in his fight against terrorism".

Douste-Blazy also expressed his sympathy and said French embassy officials were already in Dahab to provide any assistance if needed.

Copyright AFP

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