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16:24 | 2009-08-16

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MP Terms Fatah Overture to Iran "Tactical Move"

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker on Sunday said that a recent overture by the Palestinian Fatah movement to Iran is a tactical and not a strategic move, but meantime asked Tehran officials to welcome the move.

Noting that "Fatah overture to Iran is a tactical move arising from historical reasons", member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahat Pisheh told FNA, "Fatah's recent strategy is the same as its previous one for its overall policy has not formed in parallel with Iran's policies."

"There would be no serious change in the movement's behavior while its view on Iran is tactical," he stated.

In a Press Conference on Friday, Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas expressed eagerness to boost relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said that the relations between Fatah and Iran are strong.

"Iran is a friend to our country and we have a political representative in that country, moreover, when we hear supportive speech from Iran (referring to Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman announcing Tehran's intention to boost ties with Fatah and the PA during President Ahmadinejad's second term in office), we embrace the chance," Iran's state-run TV quoted Abbas as saying in a program broadcast on the Al Arabiya news channel on Friday.

He added that the Palestinian nation endorses the chance of improving ties with the Islamic Republic.

Elaborating on the reasons, Falahat Pisheh told FNA that Fatah was trying to revive its face after former PA President Yasser Arafat acknowledged in the final years of his life that Fatah was deceived by Israel in the peace process.

Reminding public tendency and support for Hamas (Palestinian Islamic Resistance) and other resistance groups, the Iranian lawmaker said, "Palestinian people understood that Iran is the most important spiritual supporter of Hamas, so they tried to approach Iran and strengthen Iran's role in regional developments."