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Saturday 25 August 2012 - 16:59
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Hamas leader gets invite to summit in Iran

Hamas leader gets invite to summit in Iran
By Ynet News

Ismail Haniyeh yet to say whether he will attend Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which is expected to host PA President Abbas, UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Iran has invitedHamasprime minister in GazaIsmail Haniyehto attend a summit of 120 developing nations, officials said on Friday, a move that could antagonize Palestinian PresidentMahmoud Abbasand anger Western powers who consider Hamas a terrorist group.

Iranhopes to earn diplomatic kudos by hosting a summit of theNon-Aligned Movementfrom Aug. 29-31 at a time when the West is seeking to cripple its economy and isolate it diplomatically over its disputed nuclear program.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has already said he will attend, defying calls from the United States and Israel toboycottthe event.

The invitation to Haniyeh highlights the rift in the Palestinian territories and will complicate matters for Abbas, whose Western-backed government sees itself as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.

Abbas was also invited to the summit and has said he will attend. His forces lost control of Gaza in a brief 2007 war with Hamas and he has since governed only in the occupied West Bank.

Haniyeh has yet to say whether he will attend.

Iran has had strained relations with Abbas's Palestinian Authority, in part due to the PA's peace talks with Israel.

The PA has even accused Iran of plotting against it and of intervening in its internal affairs by inciting factions like Hamas to carry out military attacks on Israel in an attempt to sabotage the peace process.

Hamas, in contrast, is sworn to Israel's destruction, a position which is more aligned with the view of Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad, who as recently as last week said there is no place for Israel in the Middle East.


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