Iran restates support for ‘Palestinian cause’ during meeting with Hamas members

During a meeting with senior Hamas members, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country’s “stance on Palestine was enduring and unalterable.” The meeting took place on Monday, a few days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani started his second term.
Hamas members (archive) Photo Credit: EPA

Senior members of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday. According to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Zarif expressed his country’s support for the “Palestinian cause” during the meeting. The news agency added that Zarif told the Hamas members that Tehran’s “stance on Palestine was enduring and unalterable.”

The Hamas delegation is currently in Tehran after attending Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony, which took place on Saturday. During his speech at the ceremony, Rouhani spoke about the nuclear deal. “We will not just stand by when the nuclear agreement is violated,” he said. “We will not violate the agreement but we will not keep quiet when the United States is not upholding its side of the deal.” He then added: “This isn’t the day to present ‘the mother of all bomb’ or ‘the mother of all sanctions’ but rather [the day for] ‘the mother of all negotiations.’”

As reported previously by JerusalemOnline, representatives from Iran’s government and Hamas met in Lebanon in May and decided to rekindle the close ties the two sides once enjoyed. According to the London-based news site Asharq al-Awsat, Palestinian sources revealed that during the meetings, Iran agreed to resume its funding for the Palestinian terrorist organization.

The ties between Hamas and Tehran plummeted when the Syrian civil war began. Already in the beginning of the war, Hamas spoke out against Syrian President Bashar Assad, one of whose major allies is Iran, and ever since, Iran’s funding for the terrorist organization has decreased.

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