Palestinian negotiator confirms meeting with Iranian FM in Egypt
A senior Palestinian negotiator said Sunday that he had met Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt, Xinhua reported.
Saeb Erekat, the veteran negotiator, told Xinhua that he met with Mottaki on Thursday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, "and asked Iran to support the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people in a good way."
Erekat said the meeting was positive, adding that Mottaki had told him that "Iran will support the Palestinian cause by all means and we have already stood by the Palestinian people."
Asked if he discussed ties between Iran and the Palestinian Hamas movement, Erekat said "we did not discuss other things rather than regional affairs, the peace process and the ways of restoring the Palestinian unity."
The Palestinians split up in 2007 when Hamas routed forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and seized control of the Gaza Strip.
Abbas' Fatah movement has often accused Iran of aiding Hamas and providing it with weapons but Hamas said Iran's aid is dedicated to resist Israel.