Abbas to visit Iran, date unscheduled

PNN/ Bethlehem/

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said that he intends to visit Iran, but that the exact date is not scheduled yet. 

“The details of the flight haven’t been coordinated with Iranian officials yet,” Abbas told Polish reporters in Ramallah, adding that he considers Iran a neighboring state and a “sister,” Haaretz reported.

“Our relationship haven’t been good but we have an embassy in Tehran, and therefore they recognize us,” Abbas said. The Palestinian embassy is located in the former Israeli embassy, which was shut down after the Islamic Revolution, on Felestin Street in Tehran.

In mid-August, Abbas said that he is set to visit to Iran within the next two months, in an attempt to improve and discuss political, economic and social exchange.

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.

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