Abbas meets with Assad in Damascus

Leaders reportedly discuss Mideast peace process, as well as efforts to reconcile Palestinian factions.

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July 6, 2008 19:01
Abbas meets with Assad in Damascus

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Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, and the two discussed the Middle East peace process, as well as efforts to reconcile Palestinian factions, said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Abbas. Asked by reporters about his meeting with Assad, Abbas said: "Excellent." He did not elaborate. Abu Rdeneh told reporters that "all issues regarding the Palestinian-Israeli track and the Syrian-track were discussed." He added that the leaders discussed "President [Abbas's] initiative and efforts that are being exerted for a comprehensive Palestinian reconciliation." Former Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei told reporters that Abbas would meet some members of Syria-based Palestinian factions but did not say whether Hamas would be among them.


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