A senior delegation form the Islamic Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas visited on Thursday Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza to reinforce already strong national relations.
The delegation included Dr Basem Naim, Dr Maher al-Holy, Fawzi Barhoum, and they were received by the Pastor of the Church Archbishop Alexios.
Hamas officials highlighted that this visit was intended to discuss social relations, tolerance and fraternity between Muslim and Christian Palestinians. The delegation considered such values core principles for the Palestinian people.
Dr Naim stressed that such a visit aims to enhance communication and good ties among all segments, social groups and communities in Palestine, noting that the Israeli occupation does not discriminate between the different social and religious groups.
Meanwhile, Dr Maher al-Holy highlighted that Christians live securely in Palestine and equal to the other Muslim residents.
"This visit confirms the values of coexistence, love and peace," Dr Al-Holy said.
Archbishop Alexios, in turn, expressed his thanks and appreciation to Hamas delegation for visiting the church, pointing out that such a visit is an example of tolerance and coexistence between Muslims and Christians.
"We, as Christians, do not feel that we are isolated in Gaza, and Hamas reciprocates love, respect and appreciation with us," Archbishop Alexios said.
He also added that security forces and governmental bodies take care with the Christians in Gaza and solve all their problems and difficulties.
He concluded that Christians are an integral part of the Palestinian people and they share the same sufferings and same hopes.