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Ismail Haniyeh talks to his supporters during a Hamas rally in Gaza City. Reuters

Ramallah- In an attempt to enhance relations with Tehran, after they have been marred with tension in the past few years, Hamas movement decided to accept Iran’s invitation to attend a conference in support of the Intifada.

Speaker of Iran’s Shura Council Ali Larijani sent an invitation to Hamas with Foreign Relations Official Osama Hamdan to attend the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, which will be held in Tehran between February 20 and 23, according to an informed Palestinian source.

Tehran wants a senior delegation from Hamas to attend the conference, headed by Ismail Haniyeh, a candidate for the presidency of Hamas’ political bureau, yet it is not yet known whether he will leave Gaza at that date or not.

Moreover, Iran wants Haniyeh to attend for more than one reason. First, because he is most likely to win the post in the current elections, and second, because Iran does not want Mousa Abu Marzouk, Haniyeh’s rival candidate, to win after accusing Iran of lying on supporting the resistance.

Yet, Hamdan, former head of the political department Mohammed Nasr and Hamas’ representative in Tehran Khaled Qaddumi will attend the conference.

Hamas sources said that Haniyeh will unlikely leave the Gaza Strip at this time during which elections are taking place.

Notably, Hamdan received the invitation from Assistant to Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani Hussein Amir Abdullahian in Beirut.

Abdullahian told Hamdan that Muslim nations should thwart the enemies’ plots through unity and dialogue because “division and sectarianism are part of the Zionist entity’s conspiracies and demands in the region; therefore Jerusalem should remain the priority for all Muslims in all sects.”

Abdullahian also confirmed Iranian support for Palestinians in all aspects and said that Iran supports any measure that could give the Palestinians their rights back because defending Palestine is one of Iran’s main policies.