Abbas to visit Iran, strengthen ties

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to visit to Iran within the next two months, in an attempt to improve and discuss political, economic and social exchange.

i24 news said that the visit is “designed to heal rift between the sides and promote campaign for Israeli disarmament.”

Abbas sent Ahmad Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee, to Iran, where he met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and signed a cooperation agreement between Iran and Palestine, with the two sides forming a “high committee” to discuss several issues.

 Iranian authorities have not commented yet on the report about Abbas’ plans for a visit to Iran, RT said.

Referring to the recent agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, Majdalani said it could “lay the grounds for an international conference which could help clear the region from nuclear weapons, including Israel.”

Iran and the P5+1 group – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

Abbas visited Iran back in 2012, when he participated in the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran.