On Monday, the leader of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Khaled Meshaal, met with Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General and Head of Hezbollah, to discuss recent political developments.
A statement released by Hezbollah said: "The Secretary General received the leader of the Political Bureau of Hamas at the head of a delegation. During the meeting, they discussed the current situation and the latest political developments in Lebanon, Palestine and the wider region."
When Mr. Meshaal arrived in Beirut he offered his hosts condolences on the recent death of the Lebanese Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, who died last Sunday. Khaled Meshaal spoke on behalf of the Hamas delegation which included Osama Hamdan, a foreign relations official and the movement's political official in Lebanon.
Speaking later on Lebanese television station Al-Manar, Mr. Meshaal said, "The departure of Sayyid Fadlallah is a great loss to the Arab and Islamic nation as he was one of its illustrious figures and among the standard bearers for intellectual thought, struggle and the unity of the Islamic nation, and for its broad-minded, modern mentality. As such, Palestine has suffered a great loss with his passing."
Adding that the high-mindedness of the Sayyid was as much Palestinian as it was Lebanese, Mr. Meshaal went on to say, "His spirit was with the struggle, the resistance, Palestine and Jerusalem." He pledged that the spirit epitomising struggle, the defiance and the pride which Ayatollah Fadlallah's magnanimity had launched in Lebanon and the Islamic nation would persist in Palestine, and that the resistance groups' victory, the liberation of Palestine and the end to Zionist occupation which he anticipated, would be achieved, God willing, even if it will now be after his death.
Source: The Palestinian Information Centre