Turkey, Iran, Qatar can form regional alliance, top Hamas official says
The governments of Turkey, Iran and Qatar can establish a political and economic pact for the Middle East, said Khaled al-Qaddoumi, the Hamas representative in Iran’s capital Tehran.
The region is in dire need of a strong front to combat foreign interference, Qaddoumi said in an interview with the Tehran Times published late on Monday.
"Turkey, Iran, and Qatar and all others who want to participate in such a front can form an alliance," Qaddoumi said. “We can stand solid and strong in all areas, including economy, culture, and politics.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted senior officials of Hamas late last month, drawing a strong diplomatic rebuke from the United States. Qatar and Turkey have formed close strategic relations in the region, working together in Syria and Libya.
Iran and Turkey are historical rivals, but ties have warmed over the past five years as the two governments cooperated in establishing peace in Syria and grew their bilateral trade.
Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, is recognised as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union. Both Iran and Turkey host senior Hamas members.
“From an economic point of view, they are successfully managing their trade and economy, but unfortunately, we still haven't reached a common view on the political situation in the region.” Qaddoumi said. “And I emphasise this point that we absolutely need to move forward together.”
Qaddoumi said Hamas and the three countries shared a common foe in Israel. The nations also share common regional rivals in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emrrates, which have strong ties to the United States and increasingly warm relations with Israel.
“We can have a consensus on the Palestinian issue, and we are ready to unite all those members and brothers. The only enemy is the Israeli regime,“ he said.