Arafat Departs for Morocco, Tunisia

Published January 10th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat departed Wednesday for visits to Morocco and Tunisia to discuss the deadlocked peace process with Israel, reported AFP, quoting an advisor to Arafat as saying. 

"President Arafat will meet this afternoon (Wednesday) with his Majesty Mohammed VI in Morocco to study the current developments on the Palestinian front, specifically the peace process and the deadlock it has reached because of the Israeli assaults and intransigence," Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. 

"After Morocco, Arafat will travel to Tunis for talks with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. 

"After that, he will hold talks with Arab foreign ministers meeting in Tunis," Abu Rudeina said. 

Haaretz newspaper reported that Israeli transportation minister Amnon Lipkin-Shahak met Tuesday night with Arafat to discuss ways to end the ongoing violence in the territories -- (Several Sources) 

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