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Haniyeh discusses developments in Palestine with Afghan delegation

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 2: Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh makes a speech during the 12th conference on Jerusalem entitled, "The Vanguards of Jerusalem hold its Sword," in Istanbul, Turkey on December 2, 2021. ( Ömer Ensar - Anadolu Agency )
Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 December 2021 [Ömer Ensar/Anadolu Agency]

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas' political bureau, yesterday discussed the developments in Palestine and the region with Afghan officials.

The movement said in a statement that "Haniyeh received a delegation from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan headed by the government spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid." No details were given as to where the meeting was held.

According to the statement, the two sides discussed the recent developments in Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupied West Bank, the state of the region, and international developments.

The statement quoted the Afghan government spokesman as saying: "We are proud of you, your steadfastness, your jihad, and your resistance, as you have hurt the Israeli occupation, and we affirm our full support for the Palestinian people."

The two sides stressed the need to "develop the bilateral relationship, and unite all Muslims to the cause of Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa as the nation's cause."

In turn, Haniyeh said that "the liberation of Afghanistan gave more hope to the Palestinian people and the free people of the world to be freed from oppression and occupation."

The head of the Hamas movement presented the Israeli violations, the latest of which was the killing of six Palestinians in the West Bank at dawn yesterday.

Haniyeh stressed that "there is no future for the occupation in the land of Palestine."

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