Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Iran's Larijani meets 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.

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 with close links to Iran.

Iran and Syria are the major backers of Hamas, and Syria hosts members of Hamas's exiled leadership, including Meshaal.

You can read the rest of the report at this link: Iran

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