Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya met Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a 2012 visit to Tehran -AFP
CAIRO – 4 August 2017: Hamas high-ranking delegation has arrived in Tehran to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Friday.
A high-level delegation of the political bureau of Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), headed by Ezzat al-Rishq, arrived in Tehran to attend the second-term inauguration for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who won the presidential elections held on May 19, 2017.
Hamas politburo members’ delegation includes Saleh al-Arawy, Zaher Jabarin and Osama Himdan, according to an official statement released by Hamas on Friday, praising the relationship between Hamas and Iran.
The statement emphasized politburo chief Ismail Haniya had been invited officially by Iran to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
“Hamas high-ranking delegation participation in the inauguration of the seventh President of Iran reflects strong ties and keenness to boost the relationship with Iran which serves and supports the Palestinian cause,” the statement added.
A high-ranking delegation from Qatar shall attend the swearing-in ceremony for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani announced.
In a meeting with Chairman of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Doha on Sunday, the prime minister of Qatar said a top delegation from his country will take part in the Iranian president’s swearing-in ceremony.
He also noted that Qatar is grateful for Iran’s support at the time of Saudi sanctions against Doha, saying his country would never forget such Iranian help.