A Hamas delegation, headed by Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh, has met with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb.
The delegation is on a visit to Egypt to conduct meetings with Egyptian officials in Cairo on the political developments of the Palestinian cause, Gaza siege, and Palestinian reconciliation.
During the meeting, the Grand Imam said that he is highly concerned about the situation in Palestine, especially the Islamic sacred places including Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites.
He noted that Al-Azhar is keen on providing support for the beleaguered Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
The Head of Hamas Political Bureau and accompanying senior Hamas officials briefed the Grand Imam on the current situation in Palestine and the Israeli threats posed to the holy places in Jerusalem and Palestine.
They also highlighted the Israeli attempts to judaize Jerusalem and alter the Islamic identity of the holy city, noting that Muslims and free people of the world should stand united fighting off the Israeli threats.
The senior officials highlighted the challenges facing the Palestinian issue including the Israeli attempts to liquidate the Palestinian constants, settlement expansion in the West Bank, schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, and Israeli 12-year blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.
Ismail Haniyeh thanked al-Azhar for organising a conference to mobilize support for Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause and for the rock-solid relations both Hamas and Al-Azhar maintain.
The top Hamas leader lauded Egypt for endeavours to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, support the Palestinian cause, and restore the Palestinian national unity.