Abbas visits in Cairo for Arab League meeting
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas - AP
By SAMAR SAMIR

CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Egypt Saturday to attend an Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting Sunday and discuss Palestinian-Israeli issues and inter-Palestinian reconciliation, a senior Palestinian official told The Cairo Post Thursday.

Arab League officials asked Abbas several times to attend the 142nd foreign ministers meeting, the official said on condition of anonymity.

In his 3-day visit, Abbas may discuss a Cairo donors’ conference for Gaza reconstruction to be co-hosted by Egypt and Norway at a later date, the official added.

The conference will take place so long as both sides reach a permanent cease-fire agreement, according to a statement issued by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry in August.

“We expect the Arab League meeting could result in positive outcomes compatible with Abbas’ political tendencies,” the official said.

Abbas paid another 3-day visit to Egypt on Aug. 22 to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for indirect talks between Israel and Palestine. The visit came two days before the announcement of a 1-month Egypt-brokered cease-fire agreement.

The latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict started in early July. A total of 2,137 Palestinians were killed and 11,100 injured during the conflict according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health on Aug. 26. In that same period, 68 Israelis were killed; four of them civilians and the rest soldiers, AFP reported.

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