Abbas to speak to UN General Assembly on al-Aqsa violations

Published September 27th, 2015 - 03:23 GMT
The Palestinian president is heading to New York to meet with international leaders. (AFP/File)
The Palestinian president is heading to New York to meet with international leaders. (AFP/File)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with a number of international officials in New York this week, as world leaders gather in the city for the United Nation's 70th General Assembly, the Palestinian foreign minister told Fatah-affiliated Mawtini radio on Sunday. 

Riyad al-Maliki said Abbas will meet with a number of foreign ministers from Arab countries in order to help prepare the agenda for an upcoming meeting between Arab leaders and the Middle East Quartet, an international body involved in mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
In addition, he is also scheduled to meet with the foreign minister of Norway, prime minister of Poland and the Emir of Qatar.
 
Abbas will also meet with Egyptian president Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi to discuss bilateral relations between Egypt and Palestine and the possibility of renewed peace talks with Israel, among other things, al-Maliki said.
 
Al-Maliki also said the president is scheduled to deliver a speech before the General Assembly on Wednesday, where he is expected to urge the international community to "commit to its responsibilities" concerning Palestine.
 
The speech, he added, will reflect the reality of the Palestinian people’s daily life in light of Israel’s violations concerning the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, lack of commitment to the Oslo Accord and the "foiling of all efforts" to achieve peace.

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