Hamas leader Haniyeh meets Iran's Khamenei

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has met with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. The two discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Khamenei's office announced Haniyeh's visit to Iran in a statement issued on Sunday.

The statement said Haniyeh briefed Khamenei on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip. The Iranian leader reportedly praised the perseverance of the people of Gaza and "deplored the crimes committed by the Zionist regime with the direct support of the United States and some Western countries."

It was the first time a meeting of the two leaders was made public since the start of the ongoing Israeli-Gaza conflict.

The announcement is apparently intended to reiterate the unity between the two parties.

On Saturday, Iranian media reported that the meeting had taken place a few days before. But the statement did not mention an exact date.