Hamas Political Leader Haniyeh Meets With Nasrallah in Beirut

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Hamas' political leader, Ismail Haniyeh (right) after meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday.
Hamas' political leader, Ismail Haniyeh (right) after meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday.Credit: AZIZ TAHER/ REUTERS

Hamas' political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut, Arabic-language media aligned with the Lebanese group said on Tuesday.

The two leaders discussed last month's escalation between Israel and Hamas, as well as strengthening ties between their groups in their activities against Israel.

There were no official comments after the meeting that brought Nasrallah and Haniyeh together. It was the first between the two since September.

The visit is part of a regional tour for Haniyeh, who also met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and par. Haniyeh urged Aoun to extend more social and human rights to the many Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. He also met wtih Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

During the hostilities last month, Hamas and other militant groups fired over 4,000 rockets into Israel with dozens of projectiles flying as far north as Tel Aviv, the country’s bustling commercial and cultural capital. Israeli airstrikes and shelling caused wide destruction in Gaza.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 that ended in a draw.

After the end of the war in Gaza, Haniyeh visited Egypt for Palestinian reconciliation talks. 

Haniyeh also met with Morocco's main opposition party earlier this month as part of a visit to build support for the Palestinian cause, despite the country's recent diplomatic accord with Israel.

He met the Islamist PJD, the biggest party in the governing coalition, and held talks with several other main parties during his four-day visit. He also visited Mauritania before arriving in Lebanon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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