Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has told the top official in the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas that Tehran will continue to support groups fighting the Zionist regime as a matter of policy.
“Supporting the Palestinian resistance forces vis-à-vis the Zionist occupiers is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s permanent policy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a recent meeting with the chairman of the Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh in Tehran, according to a Sunday report by the official IRNA news agency.
The leader said in the meeting that the Israeli regime is enjoying the support of the US and its allies in Europe in its ongoing war on Gaza. “The Zionist regime’s crimes in Gaza are directly supported by the US and certain Western governments.”
During the meeting, Haniyeh briefed the Leader about the latest developments in Gaza and the crimes committed by the regime in the besieged territory as well as the situation in the occupied West Bank.
A senior member of Hamas first revealed on Saturday that Haniyeh had been in Iran in recent days to meet with Ayatollah Khamenei.
The meeting came just weeks after Hamas launched an unprecedented operation into the Israeli-occupied territories, killing 1,400 Israeli settlers and military forces.
Haniyeh, who is based in the Qatari capital of Doha, had met with the Leader in Tehran in late June, months before the start of the Israeli carnage in Gaza.
Figures released on Sunday showed the number of civilians killed in Israeli assaults on Gaza since October 7 had reached 9,770, including 4,800 children.