TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas denounced the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC)’s criticism of a meeting of Palestinian factions that condemned normalizing ties with Israel.

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“The positions of Hamas and the other Palestinian factions stem from the national positions of the Palestinians and Arabs who rejected the UAE-Israeli normalisation deal,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said on Tuesday, Anadolu Aagency reported.

He added, “Hamas did not attack anyone, but declared a strong stance against the UAE’s normalization agreement signed with the Zionist entity.”

Qasem stressed that his movement hails the populations of the Arab countries, including the PGCC member states for rejecting the UAE-Israeli deal.

On Monday, the PGCC’s Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf criticized the conference of the secretaries-general of the Palestinian factions which was held simultaneously in Beirut and West Bank after it criticized the UAE-Israeli deal.

In a statement, he condemned that “irresponsible and incitement language” targeted the PGCC member states, without naming them.

Al-Hajraf called for the Palestinian leaders, who participated in the conference, to apologize for the “abusive provocation and false statements.”

Meanwhile, member of PLO’s Executive Committee, Wasel Abu Yousef, told Anadolu that the remarks made by Al-Hajraf “were out of context”.

He added, “The meeting of the secretaries-general was balanced and it was held to confront the American deal of the century and the danger of normalisation (of ties with Israel).”

On August 13, US President Donald Trump announced a normalization deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.