19 June 2023

A Hamas delegation travelled to Tehran and met with senior Iranian officials on 19-21 June. President Raisi told them that “the resistance movement is stronger than ever”, and contended that “even those who once sought to negotiate and reach an agreement with the Zionist regime [ie, Israel]… concluded that it is useless to negotiate with this regime and the only possible way to face it is resistance”. The Hamas leaders also met Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who stressed the “need to focus more on the issue of unity and harmony” between Palestinian groups. The trip came on the heels of a visit by senior leaders from Palestinian Islamic Jihad to Iran, who met President Raisi and other senior Iranian officials.

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