President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit France later this week and meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Palestineâ€™s ambassador to Jordan, Attallah Khairi. The declared purpose of the meeting is to continue the international Mideast peace conference.
WAFA reported, according to the PNN, that Abbas is expected to travel to Ethiopia on Sunday, for the African Union Summit scheduled for Monday and, then, on Tuesday, he will be expected to travel on to Addis Ababa.
Thereafter, Abbas will make his trip to France for a meeting with French president Macron to congratulate him on his election, and to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East political process.
Abbas is expected to have a discussion with Macron on the resolutions of the international Mideast peace conference. The conference was hosted by Franceâ€™s former President Francois Hollande before his departure on the 14th of May, 2017.
After concluding this visit, Abbas will travel on to Tunisia, where he will meet with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other officials, it was added.
â€śPresident Mahmoud Abbas is exerting intensive political and diplomatic efforts aimed at mobilizing international support for the Palestinian position aimed at halting Israeli practices in the Palestinian territories, foremost of which is the accelerated settlement activity considered the most dangerous for the future of the peace process and security and stability in the region,â€ť KhairiÂ said.
KhairiÂ further adds that these efforts â€śaim at creating the conditions for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on the basis of the Arab peace initiative and the principle of a two-state solutionâ€ś.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.