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Abbas to attend economic summit in Saudi Arabia
Published Saturday 19/01/2013 (updated) 22/01/2013 15:40
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Abbas will attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit due to be held in Saudi Arabia on Monday, a PA official said.

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki and finance minister Jawad al-Naji met with their counterparts in Riyadh on Saturday in preparation for the summit, with al-Maliki delivering a speech on financial sanctions implemented by Israel following Palestine's successful UN status upgrade in November.

Abbas is scheduled to arrived in Riyadh on Sunday to attend the two-day meeting.

During his speech, al-Maliki thanked Saudi Arabia for pledging $100 million to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday.

The first Arab Economic and Social Development Summit was held in Kuwait in 2009 and the second in Sharm el-Sheikh in 2011.
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1 ) Big Mike / USA
20/01/2013 18:26
This meeting could well unify Arab's financial support for new Pal State especially now that Saudi Arabia has broken the ice.

2 ) Big Mike / USA
20/01/2013 20:15
Putting money behind the Pal Statehood is the biggest weapon against Z state's illigal ocupation.

3 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
21/01/2013 08:57
More than money Pals need freedom to manage their own affairs and develop industries, agriculture etc.
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