Abbas to shun Iran summit if Hamas goes: ministry

AFP , Saturday 25 Aug 2012

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends an interview with Reuters in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 8, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will not go to the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran if his rival Ismail Haniya of Hamas also attends, a minister told AFP on Saturday.

"President Abbas will not take part in the Non-Aligned summit if Haniya is present, no matter what form his attendance takes," foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said in Ramallah, headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

A Hamas spokesman earlier on Saturday said Haniya would attend the August 30-31 conference in Tehran "in accordance with the invitation from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

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