Iran playing constructive role in Syria issue: Mashal


A senior Palestinian official has underlined Iran’s constructive role in the settlement of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

During a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday, Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal pointed to Israel’s policy of exploiting the developments in the Middle East to its own advantage, stressing that the crisis in Syria can only be resolved through political means.

He described Iran’s role as “constructive” in the resolution of the three-year-long crisis in Syria, calling for greater cooperation among Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to end regional disputes, Fars News Agency reported.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has put the death toll from the foreign-backed militancy against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at more than 160,000.

According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

The top Palestinian official further commended Syria for supporting Palestinians, terming the anti-Israel resistance front as the most outstanding mechanism to restore the rights of Palestinians.

Elsewhere, Meshaal expressed hope about the restoration of the rights of Palestinians through national reconciliation among Palestinian factions.

“We will never forget the support extended by [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian nation to Palestine, and take pride in the power of [the Lebanese resistance movement] Hezbollah and Palestinian resistance groups,” Meshaal said.

On April 23, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which includes the Fatah party, reached a reconciliation deal to resolve their differences. Under the deal, Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government and hold national elections.

Angered by the unity pact, the Tel Aviv regime suspended the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority on April 24 and threatened to impose further sanctions against Palestinians.