0611 GMT April 22, 2021
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the Political Bureau of Hamas, stressed the “stability” of the “axis of resistance” against Israel, Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV channel reported.
They discussed “political and military developments in Palestine, Lebanon and the region” and “the dangers to the Palestinian cause” including “Arab plans for normalization” with Israel, the report said.
In a statement, Hezbollah said the two resistance leaders insisted that relations between their movements must be characterized by strength and cooperation.
The groups’ ties “have been founded on the principles of faith, brotherliness, Jihad [struggle on the path of God], common destiny, and expansion of [standing] cooperation and coordination mechanisms between them,” it added.
The meeting comes after an August 13 announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize ties.
Palestinians have condemned the US-backed diplomatic drive as a “stab in the back” as they remain under occupation and don’t have their own state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is in talks with other Arab and Muslim leaders now about normalizing relations, following the deals with UAE and, decades ago, Egypt and Jordan.
Haniyeh has been in Lebanon since Wednesday, on his first visit to the country in nearly 30 years, for direct and videoconference talks with other Palestinian groups over Israel’s normalization efforts.
On Sunday, he toured Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. During a speech there Haniyeh said Gaza has rockets that can “bomb Tel Aviv and beyond Tel Aviv”.
“We tell the enemy that we will not forget, and we will not forgive historical injustice, and we will not forget our right to return, regardless of the sacrifices.”
He also said, “The train of [Arab] normalization does not represent the peoples of the region.”
AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.