ABBAS IN DOHA TO DISCUSS PEACE PROSPECTS AHEAD OF ARAB SUMMIT – EREKAT /REPEATED TO CORRCT SLUG/

Doha, March 17 (QNA) – The Qatari-Palestinian relations are based on a long history of mutual trust, respect and collaboration in addition to cooperation and coordination on issues of common concern, especially the Palestinian Cause which has always topped the agendas of bilateral meetings between the leaderships of the two countries.

The forthcoming official visit of HE President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine to Doha and his meeting with HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, come in the context of the discussing peace and stability opportunities.

In remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), politicians and diplomats highlighted the importance of the visit and its timing ahead of the Arab summit in the Jordanian capital Amman in the period between 23-29 of March, stressing the importance of the taking the opportunity of the new US administration to activate the Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives.

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat told QNA that the President Abbas’s visit to Qatar comes in a very important time ahead of the Arab summit, as part of the inevitability of coordination and consultation between the Qatari and Palestinian leaderships on issues of common concern, particularly the Palestinian Cause, in light of the continued Israeli abusive practices and imposing a fait accompli policy.

Besides discussing bilateral relations, the visit is expected to address a number of issues such as strengthening prospects for peace, stability and security, in addition to supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of occupation and regional issues in light of the successive developments in the region and the new US administration, Erekat added.

In this context, Erekat noted the importance of appointing Jason Greenblatt as US Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process, who met with the Palestinian president in order to build confidence between the Israeli and Palestinian sides a prelude to any future solutions, in an encouraging atmosphere.

Erekat pointed that the visit is inseparable affirming the Palestinian leadership’s gratitude to the State of Qatar for its continued economic an humanitarian support to Palestine as well as for the political positions supporting the rights of the Palestinian people in all Arab, regional and international forums.

The PLO Secretary-General stressed that the meeting between the Qatari and Palestinian leadership is consistent with a Palestinian constants, including the Arab peace initiative, holding to the two-state solution on basis of 1967 borders, the importance of a just solution to the issues of refugees, the release of prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons, the implementation of international laws regarding the necessity to stop settlement activity, the right of the Palestinian people to an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem and the importance of halting Israel’s arbitrary practices of executions, ethnic cleansing, displacement, settlement and Judaization, confiscation of rights and collective punishment.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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