FM Malki: Palestinian delegation to travel to Washington within 2 weeks to prepare for Abbas’ visit

MANAMA, � A high level Palestinian delegation will be travelling to Washington in the next two weeks to prepare for the visit by President Mahmoud Abbas, Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Monday.

In an interview with Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Malki said Abbas will discuss in his meeting the US President Donald Trump during his upcoming visit to Washington the political, security and economic aspects of the conflict with Israel.

The main goal here is to reach understandings that would make the president’s visit a success and that it will come out with positive results that would serve the Palestinian cause, he said, adding that it is also important to hear what Trump has to say regarding a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, Israeli settlement activities and recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.

He said that all efforts will go toward making this visit a success, explaining that it is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.

Malki said moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be one of the main issues Abbas is going to discuss with Trump.

The foreign minister expressed hope that the year 2017 will be different for the Palestinians since it marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years for the Nakba, 50 years for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and 10 years for the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

We are doing everything we can to make 2017 different and with clear cut results, which is what President Abbas was referring to when he said in his United Nations speech in September that ‘we hope 2017 will be the year to end the (Israeli) occupation’, said Malki.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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