Iran Says Supporting Terrorist Groups Is State Policy


Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said that it is Tehran’s policy to support terrorist groups, Iran’s Tasnim New Agency reported.

The Iranian government sponsors terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, which are both sworn to Israel’s destruction.

“Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979], the Islamic Republic of Iran has declared that supporting the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (Hamas) is among its fixed policies and has continuously taken some measures on this path,” Ansari said.

Ansari’s statement follows media reports that a senior political member of Hamas claimed the group has not been receiving support from Tehran since 2009.

Senior Hamas leader Kalil Abu Leila told the Tasnim News Agency in early February that Iran has always supported the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist organization.

“We appreciate Iran for the support it has provided for the resistance,” Leila said.