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Hamas invited to E.U. headquarters

European Union officials invited Palestinian lawmakers, including members of Hamas, to visit its Brussels headquarters next spring.

After winning parliamentary elections in 2006, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after routing secular Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, the head of the European delegation, said all Palestinian lawmakers are welcome.

“We don’t care who they are as long as they are members of the Legislative Council,” he said.

The gesture is being seen as mostly symbolic since most Hamas members are not permitted to leave the region.

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