TEHRAN, Iran —(SaebPress) Earlier on Sunday, the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that” the powerful feelings of the regional nations towards Gaza have been instrumental in the eruption of the region’s volcano”.
In a meeting with visiting Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei said every movement that undermines the resistance is detrimental to the future.
Ayatollah Khamenei said some of the elements contributing to Islamic Awakening in the region and the reason behind the recent victories in Palestine are in part indebted to the resolve of the Palestinian people and resistance groups
“On the issue of Palestine, Iran is steadfast and sincere and will always remain by the Palestinian people and the resistance,” the Leader said.
Haniyeh, for his part, praised Iranian support for Palestine and said Hamas’ three main strategies are the liberation of all Palestinian lands, resistance and rejecting reconciliation talks and emphasis on the Islamic nature of the Palestine issue.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of Iranians gathered in Tehran’s Azadi Square for the annual ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 revolution and the founding of the Islamic Republic.
The event each year features a speech by the Iranian president, which was proceeded this time with a speech by Hamas leader Ismail Haniya.
The Palestinian leader honoured the Islamic Republic and confirmed the continuing cooperation between Tehran and Gaza, declaring:
“They want us to recognise the Israeli occupation and cease resistance but, as the representative of the Palestinan people and in the name of the entire world’s freedom seekers, I am announcing from Azadi Square in Tehran that we will never recognise Israel,“ Ismail Haniya said.
“The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including al-Quds (Jerusalem), has been liberated and all the refugees have returned,” he said.
Haniya’s reiteration of Hamas’s long-held stance was made on the occasion of Iran’s commemoration of its 1979 Islamic revolution.
Ismail Haniya spoke to an estimated crowd of 30,000 from a stage alongside Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“The Iranian people are a partner in this victory,” Haniya said. “God willing, we will meet you along with other Palestinians in a free Palestine, in its capital Al-Quds,” he said.