Iran has promised to resume its support for Palestinian faction Hamas, a senior group leader said Monday.
Moussa Abu Marzouq, a member of Hamas' political office, pointed out that a recent visit by a Hamas delegation to Tehran was not the first of its kind.
"There have been unpublicized visits [to Iran] in the past," Abu Marzouq told The Anadolu Agency in an interview.
He added that, while relations between Hamas and Iran had never been cut, they had thawed recently following differences over events in Syria.
Abu Marzouq expressed hope that relations between Hamas and the Islamic republic would maintain their current positive trajectory in days to come.
"Iran has provided the resistance with important assistance in the past," Abu Marzouq asserted.
"They [the Iranians] have promised to resume this assistance and we hope that this will be reflected on the ground," he added.
A Hamas delegation reportedly visited Tehran last week in order to discuss possible means of improving ties.
There are reports, however, of ongoing tension between Hamas and certain Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, against the backdrop of the Hamas delegation's visit to Iran.
Abu Marzouk, for his part, dismissed these reports. Nevertheless, he said relations between Hamas and the states of the Gulf "required a re-think."
"We view the states of the Gulf as a partner in the Palestinian national struggle," he said.
"We can't do without them," he added. "But they must stand by the Palestinian people until the land [i.e., Palestine] is liberated [from Israeli occupation]."
Abu Marzouq went on to deny reports of an alliance between Hamas and sacked Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan at the expense of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
"There are no alliances between Hamas and Dahlan," Abu Marzouq stressed.
"The only alliance is between Hamas and Abbas through agreements signed between the two movements [i.e., Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement] for bringing about reconciliation between them," he added.
On Thursday, Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, allowed Dahlan supporters to stage an anti-Abbas protest in the blockaded strip.
Demonstrators accused Abbas of sabotaging his Fatah movement and hampering reconstruction of the war-battered Gaza Strip, which was devastated by a recent 51-day Israeli military onslaught.
Some observers interpreted the protest as signaling an informal alliance between Hamas and Dahlan.
Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in April, opening the door to the formation of a national unity government two months later.
The new Ramallah-based unity government, however, has yet to assume control of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
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