Abbas thanks Assad for 'supporting Palestinian people'

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