Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Abbas Accepts Invitation to Visit Iran

New Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted an invitation to pay an official visit to Iran, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

Israel has welcomed Abbas's bid to end violence and talk peace with it but accuses arch-enemy Iran of trying to scuttle moves to Middle East peace by continuing to back Palestinian militant factions. "Abu Mazen has received an invitation to visit Iran. He has accepted the invitation and will decide on the date after he returns home," the Palestinian official said, using Abbas's nickname. Iran is formally sworn to destroying the Jewish state...