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Jibril Rajoub calls for Iran to deal with 'all the Palestinian groups'

In an exclusive interview in Tehran, Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub discusses his effort to rebuild Fatah’s ties with Iran.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) and Palestinian FA chairman Jibril Rajoub attend a ceremony awarding Blatter an honorary Doctorate degree at An Najah National University in the West Bank city of Nablus July 7, 2013. Blatter is on a four-day journey to Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Israel. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK - Tags: SPORT SOCCER POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTX11FJ2

TEHRAN — Jibril Rajoub, Fatah's central committee deputy secretary, was in Tehran on Jan. 28. The visit surprised many, given the history of strained relations between Fatah and Iran, despite the fact they enjoyed excellent ties before, and in the first few months after, the Islamic Revolution.

Rajoub is known to be a strong defender of the peace process with Israel — a path that Iran and its affiliated groups in Palestine oppose and describe as hopeless.

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