Iranian leader meets with Hamas chief and calls for further resistance
Hamas leader Khalid Mashal met on Tuesday with Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Khameini stressed that the only way to win liberation for Palestinians was to unite and adhere to Islam's statutes.
The Iranian leader also told Mashal that Palestinian resistance and struggle was the sole reason for gains made by the nation in the face of Israeli oppression, particularly the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon.
He added that experience had proven that negotiating with Israel would not help forward the Palestinian cause.
"Intifada proved that the Palestinian nation is mightier than the Zionist regime and America", Khamenei said, according to IRIB. He also noted the failure of the American regime in the Middle East region.
Mashal praised the Supreme Leader and thanked him for Iran's support of the Palestinian cause. He said that he regretted that other Islamic governments do not dare adopt similar positions as those of Iran.
The two spoke of Palestinian developments, and Mashal stressed the Palestinian people have grown more committed to continue resistance.
He vowed that Hamas movement would continue its approach to the Palestinian cause with resistance, and added that the group would not accept anything less than full liberation of all occupied territories, and the return of all Palestinian refugees to their homes.
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