'Abbas to visit Tehran for 'Non-aligned' meet'

PA president accepts invitation to visit the Iranian capital next month, Wafa reports; Mursi still to accept invitation.

July 8, 2012 15:33
PA President Mahmoud Abbas [file photo]

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas 370 (R). (photo credit: Luis Galdamez / Reuters)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said he would accept an invitation to visit Tehran next month, extended by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullah during a meeting in Amman, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Abbas said he would participate in the Non-aligned Movement meeting, set to take place at the end of August in the Iranian capital.

New Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi also received an invitation from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend a summit of the Non-aligned Movement in Tehran on Aug. 29 but he is yet to accept.

Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1980 after Iran's Islamic Revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel.

A popular uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak and Mursi's election ended six decades of rule by former military men.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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