Assad congratulates Hamas for victory in Gaza war
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal on the movement's "victory" over Israel in Gaza at a meeting in Damascus on Saturday, official media said. Assad "congratulated the Palestinian people on the victory scored by the resistance in the Gaza Strip," the official SANA news agency said.
"Israel's inability to achieve its objectives despite using the deadliest of weaponry is proof of the devotion of the Palestinian people to its territorial rights and its deep belief in victory against occupation and aggression," it quoted Assad as saying.
Meshaal and his delegation responded by voicing their "deep appreciation of Syria for its efforts at all levels to support the resistance of the Palestinian people in Gaza during and after the Israeli aggression." The Hamas delegation is to set off on a regional tour to "thank certain countries which have supported the Palestinian people," SANA added.