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Palestinian factions sign non-interference agreement in Lebanon

Sept. 4, 2018 3:17 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 3:17 P.M.)
BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions in Lebanon signed an agreement, on Monday, titled "Palestinian national unit on the Lebanese arena" to protect the Palestinian presence in Lebanon and not interfere in Lebanese affairs.

Media office of the Lebanese parliamentary speaker, Nabih Berri, said in a statement that he welcomed the Palestinian Ambassador in Beirut Ashraf Dabour.

"Palestinians today face the slap of the century, not the Deal of the Century and the United States' decision, starting with the decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem and ending with cutting funds to the United Nations Aid and Work agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)," Berri added.

He reiterated that "the first response is the unity of Palestinian forces in their fight against the Israeli occupation and all these conspiracies and plans."

Berri called upon the League of Arab States to hold an emergency meeting to secure funding for UNRWA and support for the Palestinian people.

Secretary of the Fatah movement in Lebanon, Fathi Abu al-Urdat, announced the commitment of all national and Islamic forces to the document that aims to strengthen "Palestinian-Lebanese" and "Palestinian-Palestinian" relations.

He thanked Berri and the Amal Political Bureau for their efforts to announce the Palestinian National Unity document.

The Amal movement's political office, led by Berri, had held uninterrupted meetings with the Palestinian factions in Lebanon for weeks; Berri had also received several officials and delegations from various factions to encourage them to overcome differences and divisions.

The Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee had conducted a census last year that showed that some 175,000 Palestinian refugees live in 12 camps and 156 communities across districts of Lebanon.

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