Iran, Hamas group discuss regional issues
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has met with the head of Palestinian Hamas group's political bureau, Khaled Meshaal.
The two sides discussed the latest regional developments including the Syrian crisis, Iran's IRIB news agency reported on May 22.
The meeting took place in Doha on the sidelines of the second meeting of the Qatari-Iranian joint political committee.
During this meeting, Khaled Mashaal denounced Israel of "political exploitation of events in the region, including the Syrian crisis."
He also welcomed the position of Tehran towards Syria, stressing the political solution for the crisis.
"We will never forget Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 's support for the Palestinian nation," Meshaal said.
The Palestinian leader also emphasized on the importance of regional cooperation between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Ties between Iran and Hamas suffered problems during the ongoing civil war in the Syria over the group's support of rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a long-time Iranian ally.
Iran, which had for years supplied Hamas with cash and arms, was infuriated by what it saw as a betrayal of its close friend, Assad, and drastically scaled back its support. Tehran's Shiite partner, Hezbollah, also voiced its fierce disapproval.
It seems that Meshaal's statements are within the Palestinian group's efforts to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party.