Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas 370 (R).
(photo credit: Luis Galdamez / Reuters)
Israel will allow through its gates the foreign ministers of seven
countries that have ties with Israel making their way to an emergency
meeting Sunday of the 'Palestine Committee' of the Non-Aligned Movement
in Ramallah, but not those foreign ministers from countries without ties
Government officials said a decision was made
Sunday to allow the foreign ministers of Egypt, India, Colombia, South
Africa, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe to attend the conference.
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh, Cuba, Indonesia, Malaysia and Algeria will not be allowed passage, however.
is the first gathering of its kind in the West Bank since the
establishment of the PA in 1994. The Non-Aligned Movement, which has
about 120 members, is a group of countries considering themselves not
aligned formally with or against any major power bloc.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amru is expected to deliver a speech
at the conference. It was not immediately clear whether Amru, or any of
the other foreign ministers attending the event, will stop in Jerusalem
as well for talks with Israeli officials.
Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is expected to address the conference and
will seek the backing of the Non-Aligned Movement for his plan to seek
the status of non-member state at the upcoming General Assembly session
in New York.
Abbas is expected to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran later this month.
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