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Haniyeh: Palestinians proud of ties with Iran, Islamic states

Beirut, June 25, IRNA - Prime Minister of the Palestinian unity government Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that Palestinians were proud of relations with Islamic states, Iran in particular.

"When the Palestinian people were under siege, they were helped by Iran and other Islamic states. Palestinians give great value to their help," Haniyeh said in an important speech to his supporters in Gaza Strip.

He rejected claims made by certain Palestinian Authority officials that Iran, Syria and Qatar were involved in recent tensions in Gaza Strip which led to dissolution of the Palestinian unity government by chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmud Abbas and declaration of state of emergency.

Describing those claims as "baseless," Haniyeh said: "How could Iran, Qatar or Syria be involved in Gaza tensions while the region was completely under siege?" The prime minister said such claims were part of an "unfounded" plan made only to serve the interests and political objectives of the US in the region.

Iran calls on Palestinians to keep ranks in resistance

Damascus, June 24, IRNA - Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African affairs Mohammad-Reza Bagheri said here on Sunday he has met and called on leaders of Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas to be united in their resistance.

Briefing Iranian journalists based in Damascus, Bagheri said that Palestinians should stay vigilant for plots hatched for them and avoid such traps.

Expressing his regret that some 3000 Palestinians have reportedly been killed or wounded in the recent inter-Palastinian clashes, the Iranian official said that the Palestinians should notice the fact that discord among them only serves the interests of their common enemy.

Bagheri said the results of his visit and meetings here will be reported to the ranking officials of Iran and certain solutions will be later presented for the problem.

He arrived last night in Damascus and held talks with Syrian Vice President Faruk al-Shara, Foreign Minister walid Al-Moallem and his deputy during Saturday and Sunday. He also had seperate meetings with some of Palestinian leaders including head of Hamas political bureau Khaled Mashal, PLO envoy to Lebanon Abbas Zaki and also special envoy of Paletinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to Syria.

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