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Will Iran, Hamas resume relations?

Following a split between Iran and Hamas over a number of regional issues, most prominently the Syrian conflict, the two sides have once again restored relations, according to sources in Hamas.
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Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh flashes the victory sign during a ceremony to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran's Azadi square February 11, 2012. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on the anniversary of the revolution that the Islamic Republic would soon announce "very important" REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi  (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSAR

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — High level sources within Hamas have confirmed that warm relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran have been restored, following a number of meetings between the two sides held in various Arab and Islamic capitals. These meetings were convened to restore what has been tarnished over the last two years, following the Hamas leadership’s withdrawal from Syria and its decision to support the “revolution.”

Multiple sources from within Hamas, speaking in a number of separate interviews, have told Al-Monitor that prominent figures in the Iranian government have contacted leaders in Hamas to hold meetings with the goal of healing the rift between the two sides. This has led to a series of preliminary understandings that has [tentatively] revived ties between the two parties once again.

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