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Abbas discusses political situation in Palestine with Iraqi PM

March 4, 2019 11:20 A.M. (Updated: March 4, 2019 1:22 P.M.)
BAGHDAD (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, where they discussed the latest political developments in the Palestinian cause, particularly the Israeli violations against Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Abbas briefed Mahdi on the latest political developments regarding the Palestinian issue, particularly the Israeli violations against Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian holy sites, and efforts exerted to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and defend Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel’s systematic violations and attempts to alter the cultural and historical character of Jerusalem.

Abbas and Mahdi also discussed issues of mutual interest and bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to promote them in all fields to serve the common interests.

Abbas stressed that those who encourage Israel to act as a state above international law are the United States administration, which he noted is “no longer competent to take care of the negotiations” after declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in addition to allowing the continuation of illegal settlement activities, and cut its aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

He reiterated his rejection of the so-called “Deal of the Century” that he stressed is not based on international resolutions and legitimacy and aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

He also briefed Mahdi on Israel seizing about $138 million in tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), to which Abbas responded by stating that he will not accept the tax revenues if they were short by one penny.

Additionally, the Iraqi president Barham Saleh affirmed that the Palestinian issue will remain the central issue and that Iraq will continue to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.

The meeting was attended by the head of the General Intelligence Majed Faraj, Abbas’s Economic Affairs Adviser, Muhammad Mustafa, and Abbas's diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khalidi, as well as Yasser Abbas.

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