Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a meeting with Hamas' political bureau head, Ismail Haniyeh, in Qatar, February 2024

Iran's Foreign Minister Meets Hamas Leader In Qatar

Tuesday, 02/13/2024

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with Hamas' political bureau head, Ismail Haniyeh, in Qatar on Tuesday amid the ongoing Gaza war.

Despite its continued denial of involvement in the October 7 atrocities, which resulted in the death of 1,200 mostly civilians, with over 250 individuals taken hostage to Gaza, Tehran continues its public meetings with Palestinian militant groups, long supported, armed, and trained by Iran.

In Lebanon on Saturday, the foreign minister also met leaders of Palestinian militant groups in addition to its biggest proxy, Hezbollah.

He has been on a whirlwind tour of the region which began Friday. While in Doha, where Gaza militants Hamas has long had one of its foreign outposts, Amir-Abdollahian held separate talks with his Qatari counterpart and the Emir of Qatar.

Qatar marked the final leg of the Iranian diplomat's regional tour. In Syria, Amir-Abdollahian had also met with regime-backed militant leaders, in addition to President Bashar al-Assad.

Since the outbreak of the Gaza war, Israel has been increasing airstrikes on Iranian-backed military targets in Syria, with reports of high-level killings of Iranian military personnel since the outbreak of the conflict.

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