Report: Hamas, Iran secretly met in Beirut to talk truce
ByJPOST.COM STAFF
28 July 2013 09:55
Asharq al-Awsat reports discussions of a number of issues during meeting, including Iranian aid to Hamas.
Hamas deputy Mousa Abu Marzook.

Mousa Abu Marzook 370. (photo credit:Asmaa Waguih / Reuters)

Representatives of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group ruling the Gaza Strip, met with Iranian and Hezbollah officials in Beirut last month in an effort to forge a rapprochement following a lengthy period of tensions, the Arab language daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

The newspaper reported that one of the Hamas officials who attended the meeting was Mousa Abu-Marzook, the deputy chairman of the organization’s political bureau.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Both sides discussed a number of issues during the meeting, including Iranian aid to Hamas which has been reduced significantly in recent years, particularly since the Palestinian organization withdrew its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Asharq al-Awsat quoted a Gaza-based Hamas official, Ahmed Yusuf, as saying that the Palestinian group was reassured that Tehran viewed it as a “strategic partner.”

Yusuf, a senior advisor to Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, told Asharq al-Awsat that he anticipated ties with Iran would be restored soon.

Earlier this month, Hamas urged Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria, where they are battling for Assad, and focus on fighting Israel instead.

Hamas was once an Assad ally but last year endorsed the revolt against him in a shift that at the time deprived the Syrian leader of an important Sunni Muslim supporter in the Arab world.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Hamas
  • Iran
  • Israel news
  • Prev Article
    Report: Palestinians claim Kerry vowed to reject Israeli bid for interim deal
    Kerry, with Abbas, makes a short statement for reporters during recent visit.
    Netanyahu during cabinet meeting to vote on Palestinian prisoners release, July 28, 2013.
    Cabinet approves referendum bill ahead of vote on prisoners release
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    31 August 2014
    Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

    By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 8 - 18
      Beer Sheva
      10 - 16
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 12
      Jerusalem
      9 - 15
      Haifa
    • 10 - 20
      Elat
      8 - 17
      Tiberias