Abbas to leave for Europe on Sunday
Published Friday 06/09/2013 (updated) 08/09/2013 10:16
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will begin a European tour on Sunday, starting in the UK.
Abbas will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in London on Monday to discuss direct talks between Israel and the PLO.
He will also meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Foreign Secretary William Hague and opposition leader Ed Miliband.
Abbas will speak at the Palace of Westminster in the UK parliament, before meeting EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton, the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols and Arab ambassadors to the UK.
Charg Ben Saoul, of the British Consulate in Jerusalem, said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was an "urgent UK foreign policy priority".
"The visit will be an important opportunity for the UK Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Secretary to discuss with President Abbas the prospects for progress, and the wider regional situation," he said in a statement.
The president will be accompanied by his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, his diplomatic consultant Majdi al-Khaldi, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Shtayyeh.
On Wednesday, the delegation will leave London for Paris.