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Monday, November 12, 2012
Abbas to attend Arab League committee meeting in Cairo

Abbas to attend Arab League committee meeting in Cairo
Published today 11:35
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=536399

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Abbas will attend a Cairo meeting of the Arab
Peace Initiative Committee on Monday, official news agency Wafa reported.

Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber
Al-Thani will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by Arab
League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and foreign ministers from Arab
League member states.

Abbas will submit a detailed report to the meeting about the Palestinian UN
bid to seek non-member status at the international body, Palestinian envoy
to the Arab League Mohammad Sbeih told Wafa.

The report will also discuss the obstacles and financial threats facing the
Palestinian Authority as a result of the bid.

Al-Arabi will also submit a report to the meeting detailing Arab support for
the Palestinian UN bid and countries expected to vote against the
initiative.

The Arab League committee includes Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the UAE, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Oman and
Lebanon.

The group last met in July, at the request of President Abbas, to establish
a unified position on the Palestinian UN bid.

The PLO needs a simple majority vote in the 193-member General Assembly to
win non-member observer status. Sbeih told Ma'an on Friday that he expected
a vote to take place on Nov. 15.

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