Iran's president pledges support to Hamas leader

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2009 8:29 AM

Iran's official news agency says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated his support for Hamas during a visit by the Palestinian militant group's Syrian-based leader.

The report on Sunday said Ahmadinejad met the Hamas delegation led by group's political leader, Khaled Mashaal.

"The government and the people of Iran will always stand by the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people," Ahmadinejad said during the meeting. "Today Palestine is symbol of the global front of freedom-seekers and militants."

Iran does not recognize Israel and supports Lebanese-based Hezbollah and Hamas _ two of the chief militant groups fighting the Jewish state.