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Head of Hamas Govt to visit Iran, Kuwait

Ismail Haniya has received invitation from Iranian President to visit Iran, spokesman said.

By | 26 Jan 2012

The head of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, will leave next week for a regional tour that includes a stop in Iran, the Islamist movement has announced.

"From the 30th of this month, he will begin a tour to a number of countries, including Kuwait and Iran, as well as other nations," said a Hamas statement released late on Wednesday.

In a separate statement, Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said Haniya "has received a message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that included a formal invitation to visit Iran."

Sources in the Hamas government told AFP that Haniya s trip was likely to also include stops in Qatar and Bahrain.

The trip will be Haniya s second since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, after routing Fatah forces from the territory in violence that broke out a year after the Islamist movement swept legislative elections.

His first trip out of Gaza came in December, when he made stops in Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia.



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