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15:41 | 2009-01-19

Foriegn Policy

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Ahmadinejad Congratulates Hamas on Victory

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday congratulated Hamas on its "victory" in its war with Israel, stressing that the unilateral truce by Israel unveils the regime's defeat in the war on Gaza.

Appreciating the countries that had cut off relations with Israel and boycotted the Israeli products, Ahmadinejad said, "Trying the Zionist regime leaders should be pursued seriously as the punishment of the Qods occupier regime leaders soothes humanity."

Calling Israel's crimes in Gaza a sign of International bodies' inability in solving world problems, Iranian president continued, "Gaza events showed that the Security Council is a tool in the hands of the US and doesn't have an independent position."

He also stressed on the restructuring of the UN and Security Council and cutting of ties with Israel as a way to uproot tyranny and crime in the world.

"This chain of victory should be completed, occupation should terminate, passages and ways should be opened, Gaza siege should come to an end and popular Palestinian government should be established and its right be recognized," he said.

Referring to Arab League's leaders meeting, Ahmadinejad expressed hope that Arab League would adopt a final decision and isolate Israel by issuing a statement similar to what was approved in the Doha summit.

Elsewhere, in a phone call with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, the Iranian president said, "Today is the beginning of victory, and perseverance will complete the links of victory."

Islamic states, he added, should seek to "pressure the Zionist regime to fully retreat, open the crossings, try the Zionist criminals, cut ties with the fake Zionist regime and boycott its goods and those of its supporters."

Israeli troops on Monday began withdrawing from Gaza after ending their deadly 22-day onslaught against Hamas in the battered territory.

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said the war with Israel which killed more than 1,300 Palestinians amounted to a "great victory".

Iran is a staunch supporter of the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, and does not recognize its arch foe Israel.