Hamas leader calls on Dr M in Putrajaya

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh calls on Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his office at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya today. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a courtesy call from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and his delegation at his office in Perdana Putra here today.

Mahathir said that during their meeting, Ismail thanked him for bringing up fresh ideas related to the Islamic world at the Kuala Lumpur Summit (KL Summit) last December.

He said Ismail also expressed appreciation for his continuous support for the Palestinians.

“According to the Hamas leader, Malaysia has a very special position in the Islamic world,” Mahathir said in a posting with attached pictures on his Twitter handle @chedetoffical.

He said they discussed several matters related to recent developments and “all the misfortunes that have befallen the Palestinians”.

Ismail arrived in Malaysia yesterday after visiting Iran, Oman, Turkey and Qatar over the past several weeks.

A statement issued later by the Palestinian Culture Organisation Malaysia said Mahathir and Ismail reviewed the Palestinian situation, especially the latest Israeli violations against Jerusalem and the open-ended Israeli aggression on Gaza.