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Hamas leader Meshaal reaches out to Riyadh on Saudi TV

After a decadelong hiatus, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal spoke to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya TV, promoting the resumption of relations with Saudi Arabia.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is seen at his mother's funeral, Amman, Jordan, Sept. 4, 2016.

The head of Hamas’ political bureau abroad, Khaled Meshaal, has recently called on Saudi Arabia to resume relations with the Hamas movement, and praised Riyadh’s historical role in supporting the Palestinians. He also called on Saudi Arabia to host the Hamas leadership on its territory.

In a July 4 interview with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya TV, Meshaal affirmed that Hamas did not and will not be a part of a particular axis in the region, because it is a resistance movement that needs the support of all, and that since its inception, Hamas has opened up to all countries. Thanking Iran for supporting Hamas with weapons does not mean that the movement agrees with its regional or international policies, he continued.

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