Hamas denies Mashaal being expelled from Qatar
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal. [AFP]
Hamas denied on Monday that its leader, Khaled Mashaal, might leave Qatar following the expulsion of seven Muslim Brotherhood leaders from the emirate.
A report in a Tunisian newspaper claimed that the Doha-based Mashaal was considering relocating to Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia.
Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan said that Qatar has not asked Mashaal to leave. He added that relations between Hamas and Qatar were "passing through an extraordinary phase."
The spokesman said that the report was intended to create tensions and confusion between the two sides.
According to the report, Mashaal, who visited Tunisia last week, discussed with the authorities there the possibility of moving to Tunis after receiving a request from Qatar to leave.