Iran promises Hamas USD 250 million
By Roee Nahmias
-- -- The London-based Arabic-language newspaper el-Hayat
reported Tuesday that Tehran promised Hamas politburo chief Khaled
Mashaal it would transfer USD 250 million to the Palestinian
Authority as compensation for the freezing of American aid to the
In an interview with el-Hayat published on Monday, Mashaal confirmed
that Iran and other Arab and Muslim states would support a Hamas-led
“The Iranian leadership announced that it will support the new
Palestinian government and people,” he said.
“This was the viewpoint heard during my visit to Tehran in response
the American threats and pressures. Other Arab and Islamic countries
have committed to supporting the new government.”
Meanwhile, Hamas members have expressed their satisfaction with the
EU’s decision to transfer some 120 million euros to the
Palestinians, regarding the move as “coming to terms with the
(Palestinian) election results.”
'Hamas will uphold its principles'
Senior Hamas leader Khalil Abu Laila defined the decision “logical,”
adding that the organization views Europe’s decision as part of a
situation assessment carried out in response to “the big and
unexpected surprise that shocked the entire world.”
In an interview with London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq
al-Awsat Abu Laila said, “Europe understands that it would not be
wise to discontinue the aid, since nothing has occurred that garners
such a move.”
Hamas leader clarified that the group is willing to hold talks with
any European factor, adding that “if the Europeans want to see
things objectively and rationally, they must maintain ties with the
government that will be formed by Ismail Haniyeh.”
Abu Laila said he was pleased with the fact that Europe reversed its
stance as expressed by EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana
regarding the freezing of funds “without Hamas having to make any
concessions or yield to pressures.”
“Hamas will continue to uphold its principles even if the aid will
be stopped,” he added.
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources have confirmed that a Hamas
delegation will leave for Moscow on Friday, where it will meet with
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
It is not yet clear whether President Vladimir Putin will meet with
the Hamas leaders.
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