Ebrahim Raisi
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met senior officials from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations in Damascus expressed his country’s support to them on Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

Damascus-based Palestinian Arab official Khaled Abdul-Majid told AP that the delegation briefed Raisi on the situation in Judea and Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

“The Palestinian leaders thanked Iran for its support to the resistance and the Palestinian cause,” Abdul-Majid, who attended the talks, said after the meeting. He added that Raisi confirmed to the officials that Iran will continue supporting the Palestinian Arabs.

Raisi began a two-day visit to Syria this week, during which the two countries signed a series of long-term cooperation agreements on oil and other sectors to bolster economic ties between the two countries.

While Iranian leaders deny that the Islamic Republic has a military presence in Syria, Iran is a key supporter of the Assad regime in Syria, having providing the regime with both financial aid and military advisers against a range of opposing forces since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Near the start of the Syrian civil war, it was reported that then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had personally sanctioned the dispatch of officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to fight alongside Assad’s troops.

Iran has also provided support to both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. Officials in both groups have admitted in the past that Iran provided them with financial and military assistance.

Hamas deputy leader Salah Al-Aruri has made several visits to Iran in recent years in which he met with senior officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, another indication that the rift is over.

In August of 2022, Raisi met in Tehran with Islamic Jihad leader Ziad Nahala. During the meeting, the Iranian President lashed out at Israel.