Baath Party to Invite Palestinian Leaders to Visit Syria
By Izzat Ramini
Albawaba.com – Ramallah
The Arab Social Baath Party has invited representatives of the Islamic and nationalist groups to visit Syria “to discuss ways to support the Intifada.”
The invitation came through the Palestinian branch of the party on behalf of the Pan-Arab leadership of Baath, the ruling party in Syria, the Syrian cabinet and parliament. The invitation, of which Albawaba.com has obtained a copy, will be delivered to the Palestinian leaders at their meeting, scheduled for 9:00 local time on Wednesday.
“The Islamic and nationalist powers” is the name given for a coalition of Palestinian movements that form a united leadership of the Intifada.
The 13-faction front includes Fateh, the mainstream PLO party led by Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
Palestinian-Syrian relations witnessed improvement after both sides resumed contacts lately after relations were severed for years.
President Arafat visited Damascus for the first time in six years to offer condolences for the death of late president Hafez Assad in June, and met then with son, Bashar Assad, who later became Syria’s president.
Last month, the two leaders talked over phone and discussed the developments in Palestine.
Damascus harbors a number of Palestinian opposition groups, which have shown more leniency with Arafat after the Intifada broke out late September. Palestinian officials and opposition agree that the popular uprising has brought people together in an unprecedented unity.
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