(INN) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said in Jordan Sunday he is accepting an invitation by Iran to visit the Islamic Republic for the Non-Aligned Summit in August. Iran is to suceed Egypt as the rotating president of the Non-Alligned Movement.
Egypt’s newly-elected Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi also is expected to attend as Cairo renew ties with Iran.
Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian issued the invitation from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Jordan, where he met with Abbas.
Israel has a worried eye over the Iranian-Hizbullah-Syrian axis, which was even a stronger threat with the presence of Turkey until Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent turnabout against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
A visit by Abbas to Iran will not down well with the United States, but the Palestinian Authority already has discarded the Obama administration for opposing its moves to win United Nations recognition as a country without negotiating with Israel.