Arab-Israeli MK Says Bush to Invite Arafat to Washington

Published June 27th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

US President George W. Bush will invite Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to the White House within a few weeks, said Arab-Israeli MK Ahmed Tibi on Wednesday. 

"No date has yet been set for Yasser Arafat's visit to the White House," Tibi,a former Arafat advisor, told Israel’s Army Radio, cited by Haaretz. 

"But no peace process in the Middle East will take place without Yasser Arafat, and this visit will be held. I imagine that this is a matter of a few weeks."  

Israel strongly opposes any such invitation as long as the Intifada continues. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has visited the White House twice since Bush took office in January. 

The PLO’s second in command, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), visited the White House last month and held talks with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and other US senior officials.  

Abbas delivered the Palestinians’ response to the Mitchell report.  

Abbas was the first Palestinian official to visit the US since the Bush administration took over on January 20 –  



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