Hamas Leader to Brief Iranian MPs Tuesday

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, February 1, 2009
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a0600762TEHRAN (FNA)- Hamas politburo chief Khalid Meshaal is due to participate in a Tuesday session of the Iranian parliament, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced on Sunday.

Meshaal will brief the Iranian lawmakers about the latest developments in the region and Gaza Strip, Larijani added speaking to an open session of parliament.

Meanwhile, he lauded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s position against Israeli crimes in Gaza during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and said he acted bravely and his act is worth appreciation.

Erdogan tried to respond to a 25-minute defense of Israeli military operations in Gaza by President Shimon Peres, but when after about a minute he was told he could not speak as it was time for dinner he walked out of the prestigious conference.

“Don’t interrupt me. You are not allowing me to speak,” he told the moderator, adding, “I will not come to Davos again.”

He was given a hero’s welcome when he returned to Turkey from Switzerland.

In Tehran on Saturday a group of protesters rallied outside the Turkish Embassy in support of Erdogan’s actions. They chanted anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans, and some schoolchildren in the crowd carried flowers.

The new US envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is due to meet Erdogan in Turkey on Sunday.

Israel’s recent military operation in Gaza killed some 1,400 Palestinians. Over 50,000 people were also left homeless in the enclave of 1.5 million. Israel’s casualties in the conflict were put at 13, including 10 military personnel, while over 5,500 Palestinians have been wounded.

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