Abbas Accepts Invitation to Visit Iran for Conference (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 07/09/12)
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President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted an invitation from Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned
Movement at the end of August, said his foreign minister, Riad Malki.
The trip "reflects our appreciation of this movement, which always
supported the Palestinian position and the Palestinian cause," Malki
said. "We cannot be absent from the summit of the non-aligned
Malki´s comments suggested that Abbas´ planned visit to Iran is not
signaling a more amicable tone in diplomatic relations, The
Associated Press reported.
Iran and the Palestinian Authority do not share close relations and
Abbas has previously spoken out against Iran’s backing of Hamas,
which threatens his own control in the “West Bank.”
Abbas relayed his acceptance of the Iranian invitation in a meeting
with Iran´s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in
Jordan on Sunday,
Abdollahian said Tehran wants the two rival Palestinian factions to
reconcile to bolster "Palestinian steadfastness and reach common
ground on resistance in the face of threats by the Zionist entity."
He added, "We also support Hamas." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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