Palestinian Minister to Hold Follow up Talks with Saudi Officials on Arab summit
Palestinian International Cooperation Minister Nabil Shaath said in Riyadh Monday he was to hold follow-up talks with Saudi officials on the Arab summit which set up solidarity funds for the Palestinians.
"We are to coordinate on the necessary measures to implement the resolutions of the summit" held in Cairo on October 21-22 to face up to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Shaath, who arrived in the Saudi capital late Sunday as part of a Gulf tour.
Arab leaders, at their emergency summit, threatened in Cairo to cut ties with Israel and set up two funds for the Palestinians worth a total of one billion dollars, of which Saudi Arabia is contributing a quarter.
Shaath told AFP he would meet Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and the foreign, interior and finance ministers.
A focus of the talks would be the mechanism for paying out the funds: 800 million dollars for the preservation of the Arab character of east Jerusalem and 200 million dollars for families of victims of the anti-Israeli uprising.
Kuwait on Sunday pledged 150 million dollars to the funds, while Bahrain has said it will contribute three million dollars. Most of the rest is expected to come from the other oil-rich Gulf Arab monarchies – RIYADH (AFP)
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