Hamas leader calls for freedom and democracy in Syria


Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal who lives in exile in Syria’s capital Damascus called on Monday for more democracy in Syria.

“We want to see more stability, prosperity and a stronger government that responds to the people’s aspirations,” he told France 24 television.

” We want more freedom and democracy in order to serve the interests of the people and help strengthen the country against external aggression.” He added

Meshaal was speaking in Cairo after attending a ceremony hosted by Egypt that formally ended four years of strife between Hamas and its more secular Palestinian rival Fatah, an accord aimed at advancing the Palestinians’ goal of statehood in territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

He urged the United States and the European Union to support the reconciliation deal.

Meshaal also said the United States had no right to kill Osama bin Laden but said this did not mean the his Islamist group supported al Qaeda’s attacks on civilians.

Hamas carried out dozens of suicide bombings and is classified by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group. Reuters