Abbas thanks Assad for supporting Palestinian people

PA chairman calls talks "important period in history," completes week of holiday greeting calls to Peres, Netanyahu, and Mitchell.

September 11, 2010 10:22
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Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas thanked Syrian dictator Bashar Assad late Friday for his country's support of the Palestinian people during direct talks with Israel, according to a Channel 10 report on Saturday.

In a phone call ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan fast, Abbas informed Assad of recent developments in talks with Israel and thanked him for his support of Palestinians "in this important period of history for the Palestinian people," Channel 10 cited from a report by official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

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Abbas also reportedly made a call to US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell Friday evening to discuss the ongoing peace talks.

Abbas on Thursday called President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to wish them a happy Rosh Hashana.

During their conversation, Abbas told Peres that [the Palestinian people] want a peace agreement with Israel and hope that Israeli inhabitants will be able to achieve a peace that will include all Arab nations."

For his part, Peres told Abbas that, "No one is more fitting than you to achieve peace for your people and the entire region."

He also wished Abbas and Muslims well on Eid al-Fitr.

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