Member of Hamas Political Bureau Mohammed Nazzal has revealed details of a previous meeting between Hamas officials and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In a press release on Thursday, Nazzal noted that the meeting had took place when Mohammed bin Salman was a crown prince between April 2015 and June 2017.
The summit, according to Nazzal, was attended by senior Hamas political officials like former Hamas chief Khalid Mesha’l.
The meeting with the Saudi crown prince resulted in the release of Head of Hamas Abroad Maher Salah, who had been held along with some Palestinian figures for several months in the Gulf Kingdom in 2014, Nazzal continued.
Citing the close relationship with Saudi Arabia during the reign of King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Nazzal added that King Fahd donated 15 million Saudi riyals during Sheikh Ahmed Yaseen’s visit to the kingdom in 1998.
Before King Salman came to power, Nazzal said, Hamas held meetings with former head of Saudi intelligence Prince Turki al-Faisal, and the current chief Khalid al-Humaidan along with other officials.
The strong ties between Hamas and Saudi Arabia were weakened after the later detained a number of Palestinians including coordinator of Hamas relations with Saudi Arabia Dr. Mohammed al-Khoudri in 2019.
Nazzal called on the Saudi leadership to release Hamas representative in the Saudi Arabia Mohammed al-Khoudri as well as 60 Palestinians and Jordanians held in Saudi jails.