Thu 20 Jun 2024 4:53 pm - Jerusalem Time

Hamas Haniyeh and Iran's Foreign Minister discuss efforts to stop the "genocide" in Gaza

The head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and the acting Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, discussed in the Qatari capital efforts to stop the ongoing Israeli “war of annihilation” on the Gaza Strip.

The movement said in a statement on the Telegram platform on Thursday: “Haniyeh and a delegation from the movement’s leadership received Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani and the accompanying delegation last night in Doha.”

The two parties discussed "the political and field developments related to the Al-Aqsa flood (an operation launched by Palestinian factions in Gaza on October 7 last), the overall situation of the Palestinian issue, and efforts to stop the war of genocide and Israeli aggression."

According to Hamas, Bagheri reviewed “the efforts made by Iran to support the Battle of the Flood, especially through regional and international institutions,” including the BRICS, Shanghai, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation groups.

It continued: "As well as through bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of the region and many international actors, all of which aim to stop the Israeli aggression and support the position of the resistance and the Palestinian people."

Haniyeh praised "Iranian efforts, positions and diplomacy" and reviewed "the situation in Palestine, specifically in the Gaza Strip on the humanitarian level and the achievements of the resistance and political movements related to efforts to stop the aggression."

With the mediation of Egypt and Qatar, and with the participation of the United States, Israel and Hamas have been conducting faltering indirect negotiations for months to conclude a prisoner exchange and ceasefire agreement.

Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions accuse Israel and its ally, the United States, of not wanting to end the war, and of seeking through negotiations to buy time, hoping that Tel Aviv will achieve gains.

Last May, the Palestinian factions agreed to a proposed agreement put forward by Egypt and Qatar, but Israel rejected it, claiming that it did not meet its conditions.

Haniyeh also reviewed "the conditions in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and inside the occupation prisons, and the daily crimes of the enemy, including invasions, killings, and confiscations," and stressed that "Jerusalem constitutes the address and axis of the conflict with the occupation," according to the statement.


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Hamas Haniyeh and Iran's Foreign Minister discuss efforts to stop the "genocide" in Gaza