Abbas to ask Clinton for help on settlement freeze

March 4, 2009 08:49

An aide to Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian Authority president will ask US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to push Israel to freeze West Bank settlements and open Gaza's borders. Clinton is meeting with Abbas later Wednesday. It is her first trip to the West Bank in her new job. Abbas aide Saeb Erekat says the Palestinian leader will raise specific Israeli construction projects in Jerusalem with Clinton.

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