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Official: Arab League chief to visit Palestine
Published Friday 21/12/2012 (updated) 26/12/2012 21:12
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi will visit Palestine on Dec. 29 to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Friday.

Riyad al-Malki said al-Arabi would discuss the financial safety net pledged by the Arab League to the Palestinian Authority to ease the West Bank government's financial crisis.

The League has yet to deliver the pledged money, forcing banks to lend the PA $100 million to pay November salaries to public sector employees. The PA says the short-term loan will be repaid when money arrives from Arab countries.

Al-Arabi will update Abbas on regional contributors to the fund, al-Malki told Ma'an.

Al-Malki said the Arab League chief and Abbas would discuss Palestine's next steps following its admission as a non-member state to the UN, a move that prompted Israel to withhold the PA's revenue, exacerbating the fiscal crisis.

The officials will also talk about a decision by the Arab League follow-up committee to send ministerial delegations for consultations with the UN Security Council to end Israeli settlement expansion and release Palestinian prisoners of Israel.

Arab foreign ministers will accompany al-Arabi on the one-day visit, al-Malki said.
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1 ) Meeting Unlikely / Dual Crossing Restrictions
21/12/2012 14:38
Unless the Arab League chief is from a state that has diplomatic relations
with the state of Israel (Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, etc.), the only place in Palestine that he is able to visit is in Gaza, due to
1- Israeli crossing restrictions into the West Bank, and President Abbas
may NOT be able to enter Gaza, due to
2- Hamas crossing restrictions into the Gaza Strip !!

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
21/12/2012 15:56
Egyptian.

3 ) Not shia sunni issue / Ps.
22/12/2012 18:29
Dont come please We are not looking forward to it We dont need an indifferent league When was the last time arab heads of state recognized palestine Palestinians like their Iranian freindship Take into account of how arab league and iran have responded and reacted towards palestinians. Arabs = lip service and meetings, Iran= military hardware Fajr5 and intelligence sharing, 60years under arab hypocracy, i am palestinian from ramallah
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