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Abbas meets Arab and foreign officials in New York

Sept. 25, 2018 2:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 12:13 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Maan) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held meetings, on Monday, with Arab and foreign officials on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

Abbas met with the European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, as well as with the foreign ministers of Kuwait, Luxemburg, and Morocco.

The President briefed Mogherini on the latest developments regarding the Palestinian cause, particularly his call to hold an international peace conference with a multilateral mechanism to reach peace.

During his meeting with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sabbah Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabbah, Abbas briefed him on the latest political developments in Palestine, particularly on the results of the United States administration's decisions which "destroyed the peace process and the continuation of Israeli aggression and settlements."

Abbas stressed on the important role Kuwait plays in supporting the Palestinian cause in international forums and the UN Security Council, while al-Sabbah emphasized Kuwait's firm support for the Palestinian cause to achieve its goal in freedom and independence.

In his meeting with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, Abbas discussed the US and Israeli measures that have obstructed the peace process.

Bourita reiterated his country's support for the Palestinian cause and people.

Abbas also briefed the Foreign Minister of Luxemburg, Jean Asselborn, on the latest Palestinian developments.

He discussed Europe's role in ending the "deadlock in the peace process" caused by US and Israeli measures.

Asselborn confirmed that Europe supports the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as capital of both Palestine and Israel.

Asselborn described all the pressure Palestinians have to bear as "horrible;" stressing that Luxemburg supports the intervention of the international community to bring a solution because "at the end of the day, Israel will not live in peace if the Palestinians have no state."

Abbas is scheduled to deliver a speech before the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

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