President Aoun meets Hamas leader in Baabda

24 June, 2022
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President Aoun meets Hamas leader in Baabda

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Friday, after having met with President Michel Aoun in Baabda, that he condemns Israel's attempt "to steal from Lebanon's maritime resources," pointing to a gas production vessel that Israel had moved into an offshore field partly claimed by Beirut, earlier this month.

"The Israeli occupation does not differentiate between a Muslim and a Christian in Palestine, especially in Jerusalem," Haniyeh told Aoun, as he expressed his solidarity with Lebanon and his hope for "security, stability and more unity" in Lebanon.

Haniyeh added that he refuses the naturalization of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the idea of an alternative homeland.

"I have told President Aoun that we refuse displacement," Haniyeh added, stressing on "the right to return to Palestine."

Haniyeh had arrived in Beirut on Tuesday, for meetings aimed at "strengthening cooperation and fraternity between the Palestinian and the Lebanese people", a Hamas statement said.

SourceNaharnet

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