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Hamas today criticised statements made by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir that Qatar should stop backing the Palestinian resistance movement as a condition to ending the rift with its neighbours.

In a statement, the movement said:

Hamas is a legitimate resistance movement against the Zionist occupation, which represents the central enemy of the Arab and Islamic nations, especially Hamas.

Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 21 May, 2017 [Ramazan Turgut/Anadolu Agency]

Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 21 May, 2017 [Ramazan Turgut/Anadolu Agency]

Yesterday evening, Al-Jubeir told journalists on a visit to France that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We don’t think this is good. Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East.”

In response, Hamas said: “It is no secret to anyone how the Zionist enemy exploits such statements to commit more violations and crimes against our people and our land and our sanctities and the right of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Read: Saudi says that Qatar must stop supporting Hamas to restore ties

The movement stressed that Al-Jubeir’s statements violate international laws and Arab and Islamic positions which emphasise the right of the Palestinian people to resist and struggle to liberate their land and holy sites.Hamas called on the brothers in Saudi Arabia to stop these statements that harm the kingdom and its positions on the issue of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

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