TEHRAN, Dec 14_The Political Bureau Chief of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has said the movement seeks to further deepen its ties with Iran and is not interested in talks with the US, despite Washington’s request.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Ismail Haniyeh made the comments during a press conference in the Turkish capital of Istanbul after entering the country last week, The London-based and Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Friday.
The trip marks Haniyah’s first trip outside Gaza ever since he took over his current post in 2017. Egyptian authorities, who control Gaza’s Rafah crossing, had not allowed Haniyeh to exit Gaza.
During the press conference, Haniyeh said that no “communication channels” exist between the movement and the Trump administration despite numerous American attempts to contact Hamas.
The political bureau chief added that given current circumstances related to the so-called “deal of the century” and the current US administration, talks were currently not possible between the two sides.
Also during the briefing, Haniyeh expressed gratitude for the support of countries like Turkey, Qatar and Iran towards Gaza and the resistance movement.
The political bureau chief described relations with Tehran and Hezbollah to be in good conditions, adding that he wished to develop deeper ties with Iran.