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Hamas official says relations with Hezbollah 'never cut'

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya speaks during a meeting held under the name of 'National Developments' in Gaza city, Gaza on 1 December 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya speaks during a meeting held under the name of 'National Developments' in Gaza city, Gaza on 1 December 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip has said that the movement's relations with Hezbollah in Lebanon are "good" and "have never been severed", Arabi21 has reported. Khalil Al-Hayya is the deputy head of the Hamas political bureau in the enclave.

"We may disagree on some issues, but there is no tension between us and the brothers in Hezbollah, nor between us and any component of the [Arab] nation, because we seek to have a good relationship with everyone," explained Al-Hayya. The relationship with Hezbollah is "deep, stable and solid," he added.

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, received the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, in Beirut on Tuesday. Haniyeh was accompanied by a delegation from the movement.

According to a statement from the Lebanese group, Nasrallah and Haniyeh discussed the latest Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip as well as its consequences on the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international levels.

Al-Hayya pointed out that the meeting with Nasrallah also focused on the unprecedented global solidarity with the Palestinian cause during the Israeli military offensive in May. This, he said, confirms that the Palestinian cause still occupies an important place in the hearts of free people around the world.

The issue of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon was considered by the two leaders. Their discussion looked at Hezbollah's possible contribution towards helping the refugees to obtain some of their social and human rights in a way that does not affect the reality for the Lebanese people.

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