Iran foreign minister meets Hamas leader Haniyeh in Qatar amid Gaza war
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, their second meeting since conflict erupted between the Palestinian resistance group and the Israeli regime on October 7.
Amir-Abdollahian and Haniyeh met on Tuesday in the Qatari capital of Doha where the top Iranian diplomat was briefed about the latest situation of people in Gaza amid ongoing Israel aggression on the small blockaded territory.
“The region is at a critical juncture and the resistance groups in the region make decisions independently and they do not necessarily wait for political decisions,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
“Therefore, if the war crimes of the Zionist regime continue and the scope of conflict and war widens, no party will remain unaffected by the consequences and repercussions,” he added.
For his part, Haniyeh said the Palestinian resistance is at the peak of its strength and capabilities.
Therefore, instead of engaging with the resistance forces, the occupying regime continues to target Palestinian civilians, he said.
He added that the amount of explosives used against the residents and residential areas of Gaza exceeds the volume of the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, expressing regret that the Israeli attacks are carried out with full support from the United States and some European countries.
Haniyeh serves as head of the political bureau of Hamas, the top office in the resistance group which is based in Doha and deals with various issues, including attracting foreign support for Gaza’s fight against Israel and its decades-long occupation of Palestine.
Amir-Abdollahian and Haniyeh had met in Doha on October 14, a week after Hamas launched a successful military operation against Israeli settlers and military forces in the occupied territories near Gaza.
The operation, dubbed Al-Aqsa Storm, led to some 1,400 deaths on the Israeli side and was described as the worst defeat suffered by the regime in 75 years since its creation.
Israel has used the operation to justify a brutal military campaign against Gaza, which has left more than 8,500 Gazans dead, including over 3,500 children..