No Arab diplomats to accompany Abbas in Gaza visit: official

11:05, March 29, 2011      

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A Palestinian official on Monday said no Arab diplomats would accompany President Mahmoud Abbas when he visits the Gaza Strip to seek an end to Palestinian division.

"We have discussed some of these ideas but they have not been developed into decisions or agreement," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s Executive Committee.

Local media reported earlier that Abbas told members of the executive committee that the head of the Arab League (AL) and the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) would go to Gaza with him.

Abbas' visit would be his first time to set foot in Gaza since the Islamic Hamas movement routed his forces and ousted his Fatah party in June 2007.

Responding to public pressure in mid-March, the head of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haneya, invited Abbas to come to Gaza to resume national dialogue and reach a reconciliation based on sharing power.

Source: Xinhua

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