Heads of Iran-led 'Axis of Resistance' meet in Tehran

AFP , Thursday 23 May 2024

Leaders of the Iran-led "Axis of Resistance" including Hamas's Ismail Haniyeh, discussed the Israeli war on Gaza during a meeting in Tehran on the sidelines of President Ebrahim Raisi's funeral, state media reported Thursday.

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Resistance factions leaders meet with IRGC leaders in Tehran on the sidelines of the funeral ceremony for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on May 23, 2024. Photo courtesy Al Mayadeen


The "Axis of Resistance" brings together Iran's regional allies, including the Palestinian movement Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah, Yemen's Houthis and Iraqi Shia armed groups.

The leaders of these movements met Wednesday after attending ceremonies organised in Tehran to pay tribute to Raisi, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.

The meeting was attended by Haniyeh, the head of Hamas political bureau, as well as Hezbollah deputy Naim Qassem and Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam.

Haniyeh had also previously had an audience with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iranian officials meanwhile included General Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as General Esmail Qaani, commander of the Quds Force, the foreign operations branch of the guards.

They discussed "the latest political, social and military situation in Gaza and the Al-Aqsa Flood operation and the role of the resistance front," state broadcaster IRIB reported.

The meeting reportedly stressed "the continuation of struggle until the complete victory of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza with the participation of all resistance groups and fronts in the region", IRIB said.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar channel also reported the meeting, broadcasting photos.

Iran's Fars news agency said representatives of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Iraqi groups were also present at the meeting.

Since the start of Israel's war on Gaza in October, Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who also died in the helicopter accident, had increased his trips to the region, particularly to Lebanon and Syria.

Iran has voiced public support for Hamas but has repeatedly denied involvement in the Palestinian group's October 7 operation on Israel.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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