Hamas leader to attend NAM summit in Iran

August 25th, 2012 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Gaza, Aug 25 (IANS) Prime Minister of the Hamas authority in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh accepted Saturday an Iranian invitation to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, despite the protest by the Palestinian leadership, a spokesman for Haniyeh said.

Taher Al-Nouno, the spokesman, said in a short statement that Haniyeh has accepted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to attend the summit next week.

Earlier this week, an official from President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, Jebril al-Rjoub, told Xinhua that “The Palestinian leadership will not participate in the summit if Haniyeh was invited as a Palestinian official or as prime minister.”

Iran is considered the main sponsor of Hamas, the Islamic movement that routed pro-Abbas forces and took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.

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