Iran hails Palestinian truce, but silent on unity government
ByREUTERS
26 April 2014 21:08
Tehran welcomes reconciliation of Fatah and Hamas as act of solidarity against Israel.
A rally outside the former US embassy in Tehran.

Anti-Zionism rally in Iran 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Caren Firouz )

DUBAI - Iran, a staunch enemy of Israel, greeted on Saturday the reconciliation pact between the two main Palestinian factions, but kept silent on their deal for a unity government.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any act of unity, solidarity and national reconciliation among Palestinians against the Zionist occupiers," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in comments carried by Iranian media.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


But she made no direct reference to the deal between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and militant group Hamas for a unity government.

"Iran backs any decision toward realization of precious ideals against an aggressive and expansionist regime," the official IRNA news agency quoted her as saying.

The deal between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party envisions agreement on a government of independent technocrats within five weeks and holding elections at least six months later.

Iran has long supported Hamas and other terrorist factions bent on destroying the "illegitimate" Jewish state, but these ties have come under strain in recent years due to conflicting loyalties in the Syrian civil war. Ruled by an ideological Shi'ite Muslim clergy, the Islamic republic backs its strategic Middle East ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Hamas roots for radical Sunni groups in the Syrian opposition.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Fatah
  • Hamas
  • Iran
  • Prev Article
    Iran’s shaved head protests: Is political unrest growing under Rouhani?
    Shahnaz Karim Beigi
    Rockets
    Iran terror network prolific, US report says
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Bushehr nuclear Iranian
    05 August 2014
    Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations

    By YONAH JEREMY BOB

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 6 - 20
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 14
      Jerusalem
      7 - 17
      Haifa
    • 12 - 23
      Elat
      10 - 19
      Tiberias