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October 14, 2013 9:35 am

Hamas Leader Mashaal to Visit Iran

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (L) and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Jewish Policy Center. In another sign of reconciliation between Hamas and Iran, Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal will arrive in Tehran on Monday night for an official visit during which he will meet with Iranian leaders.

Mashaal’s trip is taking place after a two-year rift between Hamas and Iran during which Iran suspended economic aid to Hamas. The rift stemmed from the decision by the Hamas political bureau to abandon its Damascus headquarters and announce that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, an ally of Iran, was no longer legitimate.

Arab news agencies reported that Mashaal would discuss with his Iranian hosts ways to strengthen ties between Gaza and Tehran.

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