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Abbas calls for international investment in Palestine
Published Saturday 25/05/2013 (updated) 27/05/2013 12:52
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Abbas said Saturday that peace with Israel is still possible and called for international investment in Palestine, as the World Economic Forum convened at a Jordanian Dead Sea resort.

"We still say we want a comprehensive and just peace, and we want to have two states living side by side in accordance with international resolutions, the Road Map plan and the Arab Peace Initiative," Abbas said during the opening session of the World Economic Forum.

"Everybody knows we have committed to the agreements we signed and we have already fulfilled our obligations," he added.

Abbas urged businessmen from Arab countries to invest in Palestine and create partnerships with Palestinian business leaders.

"Israel has prevented us from exploiting our lands and natural resources, however, Palestine has promising opportunities and vast horizons in the fields of tourism, agriculture, industry, information technology, power generation, petroleum, natural gas, potassium and other fields," Abbas said.

Economic investments support peace and stability in the region, he added.

Directly addressing Israel, the president said that "ending the occupation of our land, releasing our prisoners, evacuating settlers and dismantling the apartheid wall are the elements that will make peace and security for you and for us.

"This is doable, so let's make peace a reality on the ground for our present and future generations to enjoy."

Abbas said he hoped that efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry would result in an end to Israel's occupation and guarantee a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa is convening from May 24-26 in Jordan, and brings together over 900 government, industry, media, civil society and youth officials to discuss advancing conditions for economic growth.
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1 ) Nour / 1-State
25/05/2013 15:44
Invest in your little PA fiefdom based on your dirty security collaboration with the ennemy? I had rather invest my money elsewhere thank you. What Palestinians need to invest is the removal of this traitor and his speedy trial ! - along with his cohorts of course.

2 ) mohamed / somalia
25/05/2013 17:23
investment from where ya ABBAS out-side your compound in Ramallah.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
25/05/2013 17:45
he's a good man. he's trying his best to move forward the palestinians people going full gas in neutral

4 ) Outlier / USA
25/05/2013 20:20
Investment requires stability. Palestinian stability requires negotiating borders and peace with Israel.

5 ) The Bride / His Kingdom
27/05/2013 23:13
1st Thessalonians 5:3. :( Praying for President Abbas and the PA.

6 ) @ Nour-1 / NO-State
29/05/2013 16:44
Would it be better to NOT "invest in your little PA fiefdom based on your dirty security collaboration", and watch it become like Gaza, with an oppressive regime, higher still unemplotment, and a crippling military blockade ???

7 ) @ Outlier-4 / USA too
29/05/2013 16:47
Palestine's Situation Already Has Stability, since
WITHOUT NEGOTIATIONS NOTHING WILL CHANGE,
in it's defacto "Oslo borders" of Gaza or Areas A/B.


8 ) Outlier / USA
30/05/2013 00:47
7., Sorry, but defacto provides no stability as it is subject to change by either negotiations, facts on the ground or other factors.
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