Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Tehran if he is invited, Azzam al-Ahmad, an aide to Abbas said, Iranian official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 27.
The Palestinian official said that Abbas has a great desire to visit the Islamic Republic.
Iran is a big Islamic state, which has always supported Palestine, al-Ahmad said, adding Iran considers helping Palestine as a humane and religious duty.
He also emphasized that the ties between Iran and the Palestinian authority should be boosted.
While commenting on Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's statements about sending military aid to West Bank, al-Ahmad said that the main confrontations of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis happen in the West Bank.
He said that Palestinians welcome any aid from Iran including the supply of weapons.
Last July Khamenei stated that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.
"We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine's destiny should act in this regard," Khamenei said.
Al-Ahmad further praised Iran's nuclear negotiating team, expressing hope that the talks with P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) achieve a result in favor of Iran.
He added that Israel is not happy with the negotiations between Iran and the West.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
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