Iran hails Palestinian truce, but silent on unity government
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, - Iran, a staunch enemy of Israel, greeted on Saturday the reconciliation pact between the two main Palestinian factions, but kept silent on their deal for a unity government.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any act of unity, solidarity and national reconciliation among Palestinians against the Zionist occupiers," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in comments carried by Iranian media.
"Iran backs any decision toward realisation of precious ideals against an aggressive and expansionist regime," the official IRNA news agency quoted her as saying.
Iran has long supported Hamas and other militant factions bent on destroying the "illegitimate" Jewish state, but these ties have come under strain in recent years due to conflicting loyalties in the Syrian civil war. Ruled by an ideological Shi'ite Muslim clergy, the Islamic republic backs its strategic Middle East ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Hamas roots for radical Sunni groups in the Syrian opposition.