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Senior Hamas delegation arrives in Tehran

A four-member senior delegation from the Palestinian Islamic Movement (Hamas) arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Friday to take part in the swearing in ceremony of newly elected President Hassan Rouhani.

Palestinian media sources reported a statement by Hamas confirming that the delegation was headed by Izzat al-Reshiq and included Saleh al-Arouri, Zaher Jabarin and Osama Hamdan.

The statement said the visit was in response to an invitation from the Islamic Republic of Iran to the head of Hamas' Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and the leadership of the movement to attend the swearing in ceremony.

Hamas said that it has sent a senior delegation to take part in the ceremony to honour Iran's support for the Palestinian resistance and national rights.

"Our participation confirms our movement's resolve to strengthen our relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran for the benefit of the Palestinian people and their just cause," the statement said.

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