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Abbas, Tebboune Discuss Preventing Admission of Israel into African Union

Abbas, Tebboune Discuss Preventing Admission of Israel into African Union

Sunday, 5 December, 2021 - 10:00
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurates the new building of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria. (AFP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Algiers on Sunday on a two-day visit, during which he will discuss preparations for the Arab League Summit that Algeria will host in late March 2022.

Abbas will also meet with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune to discuss means of preventing Israel from joining the African Union.

He will ensure the Palestinian cause tops the Summit’s agenda, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters in Ramallah.

Talks will tackle giving Israel an observer status at African Union (AU), Maliki added, noting that Algeria is leading a protest movement within the AU to prevent its access.

Abbas will later visit Tunisia in response to an invitation by President Kais Saied to discuss bilateral ties and Tunis’s role in the United Nations and regional and international organizations.

He will also inaugurate the new building of the embassy of State of Palestine in Tunis.

Abbas has recently concluded a tour including Russia, Qatar, Italy and the Vatican.

He has intensified his diplomatic efforts amid frustration from the US administration’s slow pace in supporting a political process.

Abbas hopes the international community responds to his plan to activate the work of the International Quartet on the Middle East before organizing an international peace conference.

He looks forward to the committee, which includes Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, to establish practical mechanisms to advance the settlement process in the Middle East by sponsoring negotiations between Palestine and Israel.

The president launched an initiative in a September speech at the UN, where he called on the Secretary-General to convene an international peace conference.

He gave Israel one year to withdraw from the occupied territory or he said he would no longer recognize the Jewish state based on pre-1967 borders.

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