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Palestinian President to Visit Amman, Cairo

Palestinian President to Visit Amman, Cairo

Sunday, 29 November, 2020 - 07:15
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he address the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) central council in the West Bank City of Ramallah April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make on Sunday his first official trip to Egypt and Jordan since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

Abbas will reportedly meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss important issues in line with the ongoing coordination between the two leaderships.

The Palestinian Authority has restored security and civil coordination with Israel after it had announced on May 19 annulling agreements with it.

Reliable sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Abbas wants to unite the Arab stance through an inter-Arab dialogue.

The representative of Palestine in the Arab League and Ambassador to Cairo, Diab al-Louh, said the meeting with Sisi will discuss regional and international developments in light of the special circumstances the region is going through.

Louh said that Abbas's visit falls "in the framework of joint coordination between the Palestinian and Egyptian leaderships to face political challenges."

The announcement of Abbas’s visit to Cairo comes a day after Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki revealed the Palestinians were indirectly contacting US President-elect Joe Biden’s team.

Maliki said his government is ready to restore communication channels with Washington under Biden’s leadership.

“We are optimistic about the new administration in Washington. We indirectly have contacts with his team and re-engage with the new administration in Washington after January,” Maliki said on Thursday.

The PA official stated that there were no pre-conditions for the negotiations. Maliki said the PA dispatched a message to the incoming administration as well as to several European countries, stating that it is ready to restart negotiations.

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