Hamas leader to visit Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The prime minister of the Hamas government in Palestine's Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh is due to visit Iran on May 25 to attend the 7th General Assembly of the Islamic Radio and Television Union.
The Palestinian leader is scheduled to deliver a speech at the session, Iran's Fars news agency reported on May 23.
Representatives of 300 radio and TV stations from the Islamic states will take part in the assembly due to be held in Tehran on May 25-27.
The motto of "media of resistance: confrontation with religious sedition" makes up for agenda of the assembly, Iranian media outlets quoted the secretary general of the assembly, Ali Karimian as saying.
Ties between Iran and the Palestinian Hamas group suffered problems during the ongoing civil war in the Syria over the group's support of rebels battling Iran-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Iran, which had for years supplied Hamas with cash and arms, was infuriated by what it saw as a betrayal of its close friend, Assad, and drastically scaled back its support. Tehran's Shiite partner, Hezbollah, also voiced its fierce disapproval.
The Palestinian group has started efforts to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party.