Iran's Larijani meets Assad, Hamas in Damascus

A senior Iranian politician met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus on Wednesday as the Palestinian Islamist group considered an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Iran's Larijani meets Assad, Hamas in Damascus
Ali Larijani, speaker of parliament and one of the major figures in the Islamic Republic, met Meshaal and several high level officials from Hamas at the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, witnesses said.

The meeting stretched into the early hours of Thursday, with no details emerging from the deliberations. Larijani earlier met leaders of Islamic Jihad, a smaller Palestinian group.

Syria hosts members of Hamas's exiled leadership, including Meshaal.

Larijani also met President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to discuss the dangerous situation in Gaza, the official Syrian news agency said. He is the second Iranian official to visit Syria since Israel's ground invasion of Gaza began on Saturday.

Saeed Jalili, a senior Iranian security official, met Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials in Damascus this week, before Egypt announced a plan for a truce in Gaza brokered by France.

Hamas said it was looking at the plan. Hamas demands for an end to Israel's blockade on Gaza.


Reuters
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