Abbas repeats offer of talks with Israel after UN upgrade
CAIRO - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an offer on Monday to restart peace talks with Israel after a UN vote to recognize Palestine as an observer state later this month.
"We had agreed to go get the vote on November 29 ... the majority needed for the vote will be on our side," Abbas told reporters of the planned UN vote. He was speaking in Cairo at a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers.
"If it is possible to start talks on the following day (after acquiring the observer status) then we are ready for that," Abbas added.
The Western-backed Palestinian Authority circulated a draft resolution to UN member states on Wednesday calling for upgrading its UN status to that of observer state, despite objections by the United States and Israel.