Iran on Saturday hailed the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal as an act of solidarity against Israel.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the Palestinian groups’ solidarity against the Zionist regime,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said Iran supported “any national reconciliation which leads to Palestinian unity and adoption of decisions in line with the materialization of that (Palestinian) nation’s valuable causes against the expansionism and aggressions of the Quds Occupying Regime (Israel).”

The statement, issued by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham, followed three days after the rival Palestinian factions signed a unity pact providing for a new Palestinian government in five weeks and Palestinian elections six months later.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that the new government would recognize Israel and was not “a government of terror.”

Israel on Thursday suspended peace negotiations with Abbas, however, saying it would not negotiate with a government support by the terrorist Hamas.