The Palestinian Hamas movement has resumed relations with Iran after a temporary disagreement over the Syrian conflict, a senior member of the Islamist movement said on Monday.
“Relations between Hamas and Iran have resumed,” AFP quoted Mahmud al-Zahar as telling reporters at a news conference in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by Hamas since 2007.
Ties had been “affected by the Syria situation, and Hamas has withdrawn from Syria so that it can't be identified with this or that side,” he said.
“We’ve confirmed we are not interfering in the Syrian case, or in any other Arab country.”
Shiite Iran had long supported the Sunni Hamas against their shared enemy Israel.
But exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal left his base in Damascus after the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, criticizing President Bashar al-Assad, a key ally of Iran, and moving to the Sunni Gulf state of Qatar.
After Meshaal leaving Damascus, reports alluded that Hamas was supporting the Syrian rebels against Iran-backed Shiite supporters of President Bashar al-Assad, such as the Lebanese movement Hezbollah.
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