Abu Marzouk says Hamas leadership not looking to vacate Qatar, but would move to Jordan if they did

Palestinian senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, front, attends the funeral of Saleh Arouri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, January 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
File: Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk, front, attends the funeral of Saleh Arouri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, January 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk dispels rumors that the terror group’s political leadership may relocate from Qatar to Iraq, Syria or Turkey.

Marzouk tells Iran’s al-Alam TV network that “any potential relocation, which is not currently happening, would be to Jordan.”

“Jordan is a supportive nation for Palestinian resistance, and Hamas maintains a positive relationship with the Jordanian government,” he says.

It was reported earlier this month that Hamas’s political chiefs are exploring moving their base of operations out of Qatar, as the Gulf state faces increasing pressure over its influence with the terror group in indirect hostage-for-truce negotiations with Israel.

Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesperson Majed al-Ansari said last week there were no plans to close the office of Hamas’s political bureau as long as its mediation efforts were ongoing in the Israel-Hamas war.

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