TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A senior member of Hamas described a letter by the chairman of the resistance group’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei as an indication of willingness to expand ties with Iran.

“… we intend to restore our relations with Iran and develop it for the benefit of Islam and Muslims,” Mahmoud al-Zahar, a member of Hamas’ political bureau told Press Shia Agency.

He lauded Iran’s full support for the Palestine, saying Tehran has not changed its policies towards the Palestinian resistance.

Al-Zahar further criticized certain Arab countries for following the West’s policies and called for support from all Arab and Muslim countries for the Palestinian cause.

The Hamas official also recalled the 22-day Gaza War (December 27, 2008-January 18, 2009) and said that, thanks to the resistance of Palestinians in that war,  Israel’s security elements, including its deterrence power, were weakened and the occupied lands proved to be unsafe for the occupiers.

In his letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, the chairman of Hamas Political Bureau praised the Iranian nation and leadership for supporting Palestine and the anti-Israeli axis of resistance.

Haniyeh pointed to a major plot that the arrogant powers have hatched against Quds and the Palestinian nation with the purpose of wiping out the Gaza Strip as the bastion of resistance, ending the fight against the Zionist regime, and normalizing the relations between Israel and the dependent rulers of regional countries.

He also praised the popular Intifada (uprising) in the West Bank and the city of Quds as a phenomenon foiling the plots by the US and the “rulers of hypocrisy” who seek to terminate the issue of Palestine.