Abbas meeting with Kerry scheduled to commence in Ramallah

By REUTERS
July 18, 2013 15:03

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is due to convene senior members of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and his Fatah party at 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) in Ramallah, hub of the West Bank and seat of his US-backed self-rule administration.

Abbas, whose peace strategy is routinely censured by his Palestinian Islamist rivals ruling the Gaza Strip, has in the past sought Arab League support to engage the Jewish state.

"We are expecting to hear from the president the ideas presented by Kerry," senior PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told Reuters. "There will be a discussion on these ideas, and everyone will say what he thinks about this.

"The conclusion will be by a general consensus."


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