Backgrounder: Profile of members of Palestinian delegation to Washington (3)

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Born in Jaffa, Palestine, in 1945, Yasser Abed Raboo is married with two children.

Political career: Abed Rabbo previously served as the minister of culture and information. Since 1998, he has been head of the PA Committee for Education, Culture and Science.

Abed Rabbo has served in the PLO Executive Committee since 1971 and has served as head of the PLO Department of Information and Culture since 1974. In 1968, Abed Rabbo was a founding member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), a leftist group within the PLO. After 23 years in the DFLP, Abed Rabbo broke away from the group in 1991 to head the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA), a group that came to closer agreement with the peace policies of then PLO chairman Yasser Arafat.

Abed Rabbo is a senior member of the Palestinian negotiation team, attending all major negotiations, including those conducted at Camp David (2000) and Taba (2001). In 1988, he led the first Palestinian delegation in negotiations with the U.S. administration.

Education: Abed Rabbo holds a M.A. in Economics and Political Science from the American University in Cairo. He enjoys reading literature.

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