Hamas will maintain close relations with Iran and has no intention of renouncing the armed struggle, despite Zionists’ demands, announced its number two, Saleh Arouri, quoted Sunday by the Iranian agency Mehr.
On October 12th, the Islamist movement signed a reconciliation agreement with Fatah of Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, which paved the way for the formation of a unity government.
Zionist Prime Minister “Benjamin Netanyahu” has denied negotiating Tuesday with a government to which Hamas would be associated as long as it refuses to recognize the right to the existence of the Jewish state and to lay down arms.
“The Palestinian resistance forces will never give up their weapons,” Saleh Arouri said in an interview with Ali Larijani, Iran’s parliament speaker, in Tehran, reports the Mehr news agency.
Yehia al-Sinouar, the new Hamas leader, announced in late August that Iran was once again its main financial backer and arms supplier after years of tension due to the Syrian conflict. Tehran had sharply reduced its aid to Hamas in recent years because of its refusal to side with President Bashar al-Assad.
Source:L’Orient Le Jour