(IRNA) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, in a message sent before his departure from Tehran, thanked Iran's Basij (volunteer forces) for the aid it extended to the elected government of Palestine, it was reported here Tuesday evening.
The prime minister was in Iran on a four-day visit which took place at the official invitation of First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, reports Trend.
He and his entourage departed for the Sudanese capital Khartoum Monday morning.
Palestinian sources in Tehran, in a statement a copy of which was faxed to IRNA Tuesday evening, said that Haniya thanked Iran's Basij forces "for their five-billion-rial aid to the Palestinian nation."
The statement said that Basij forces donated the amount to Haniya after he delivered a speech to students at Sharif Industrial University in Tehran on Sunday.
The Palestinian premier also appreciated the government of Iran for its humanitarian support to the Palestinian nation, said the statement.
During his stay in Tehran, Haniya met with, among other officials, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Vice-President Davoudi.