Monday, December 13, 2004

Khaleej Times Online

Khaleej Times Online: "Fatah chief in Iran for talks
(AFP)

13 December 2004
TEHERAN - The new head of Fatah, the dominant grouping in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has arrived in Tehran for a three-day visit, Iranian media reported on Monday.


Reports said Faruq Qaddumi was lined up to meet Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, parliament speaker Gholamali Haddad Adel, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi and powerful former president and top cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The official news agency IRNA said the visit was aimed at ”discussing issues of mutual interest” and “consolidating relations between the Iranian and Palestinian nations.”

Qaddumi, the long-time politburo chief of the PLO, was appointed head of Fatah after Yasser Arafat’s death in November.

He has been a consistent opponent of the Oslo peace accords, which ushered in the Palestinian Authority, and remained in exile after the rest of the Palestinian leadership returned to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1984."

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