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PNA president visits Beirut to seek support for bid in UN

(Xinhua)

13:34, August 17, 2011


Visiting Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 16, 2011. Abbas said Tuesday only the weapons of Lebanese authorities "protected" Palestinian refugees in the country. (Xinhua/Lebanon News Agency)

BEIRUT, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday only the weapons of Lebanese authorities "protected" Palestinian refugees in the country.

"There is no such thing as weapons to protect Palestinian refugees in Lebanon," said Abbas, adding that Lebanese authorities and the people safeguarded refugees.

Abbas arrived in Beirut Tuesday afternoon for a two-day visit, the state-run National News Agency reported.

During his visit to Beirut, the Palestinian leader will hold talks with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as well as representatives of various Palestinian factions, according to media reports.

Abbas will also discuss with Lebanese officials in a bid to seek support at the U.N. Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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