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Iran, Hamas agree to 'confront dangers' of US peace plan

The two sides held talks Saturday at the Iranian embassy in Beirut [Getty]

Date of publication: 18 June, 2019

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Iran's intelligence minister and top officials of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas have agreed to 'confront the dangers' of Washington's peace plan for the Middle East.

Iran's intelligence minister and top officials of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas have agreed to "confront the dangers" of Washington's peace plan for the Middle East, state news agency IRNA reported Monday.

A Hamas source in Lebanon told AFP the two sides held talks Saturday at the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

According to Iranian state media, Mahmoud Alavi met with Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Aruri and other officials including the movement's representative in Lebanon, Ahmad Abdulhadi.

The two sides agreed on the need to "confront challenges and dangers arising from the US government’s insistence on imposing" its so called "deal of the century", IRNA stated.

The US peace plan, yet to be unveiled, has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who say President Donald Trump's policies have been blatantly biased in favour of Israel.

Read more: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco to attend US-led conference in Bahrain

The long-awaited peace plan - dubbed the "deal of the century" - will be discussed at a conference in Bahrain later this month.

US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE are set to attend the Bahrain conference on 25 and 26 June , but the Palestinians are boycotting it and have encouraged other Arab states to stay away.

The Palestinians are seeking an independent state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians have cut off all contacts with the Trump administration since the president broke with decades of bipartisan policy to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.

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