Palestinian official sources announced on Saturday
that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, will visit the United
States for meetings with the U.S. president George W. Bush in early May.
Abbas will visit Cairo and Amman to meet with the Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak and the King of Jordan, King Abdullah the Second, for
consultation before heading to Washington.
Palestinian Minister of negotiation affairs Sa’eb Ereikat said earlier
that two senior American officials will arrive into the country to
prepare for Abbas’ visit to Washington.
Both David Welch, deputy U.S. Secretary of State and Eliot Abrams
deputy National Security Advisor will be in the country within the
Abbas’ visit came after both Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister were
invited to the U.S. in Sharm Al-Sheikh summit in February.
Sharon visited the U.S. last week and met with Bush in his Texas ranch.
Sharon told Bush that Palestinian inaction to dismantle militant groups
was holding up any start to a ‘road map’ peace process, which angered
Abbas and the PA, who slammed these accusations.