Abu Mazen in Cairo to Meet Mubarak (IPC-INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER) Palestinian National Authority GAZA 01/29/05)
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GAZA, January 29, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - As part of his
international visit after assuming office, president Mahmoud Abbas
(Abu Mazen) arrived in Cairo yesterday evening to meet the next
morning with the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Al Ahram Egyptian newspaper mentioned yesterday that Abu Mazen will
brief Mubarak about the results of the inter-Palestinian dialogue and
the Israeli-Palestinian-American contacts, as well as the
preparations to hold a peace conference in London in order to
reanimate the peace process.
The newspaper considered the results of the inter-Palestinian
dialogue has highlighted the necessity of intensifying the Egyptian
and American support during this period, in order to reach an
atmosphere of calmness in the region.
Suleiman Awwad, the spokesman of the Egyptian presidency, has
asserted in a press conference in Cairo yesterday that president
Abbas will hold an important meeting with president Mubarak, which
will deal with the efforts to return to the negotiations table and
arranging the Palestinian house.
Meanwhile, sources at the Egyptian presidency added that the Abbas-
Mubarak talks will also tackle the re-initiation of the inter-
Palestinian dialogue, as well as the Egyptian role in rehabilitating
and training of Palestinian security forces.
Abu Mazen has met on Thursday with the Jordanian monarch, King
Abdullah II, as King Abdullah told AFP that president Abbas "is
capable of being an active and powerful peace partner between Israel
and the Palestinians."
"We must give him [Abu Mazen] every support possible, so he could
alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and arrange the
Palestinian house to return back to the resuming negotiations," King
The president continued rallying support for his political
standpoints, during the tour he is making in several Arab and foreign
countries, as he is expected to visit Russia and Turkey after leaving
President Abbas has received encouragement for his steps by the
Israeli government, as the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
declared that he is willing to offer what he called "many concession"
concerning the Middle East peace, saying that the time has become
possible to achieve a "historic" progress with the Palestinians in
In Moscow, the Russian president Vladimir Putin aims to give the
Russian policy in the Middle East a new push by receiving president
Abbas on Monday. The Russian policy have significantly deteriorated
following the fall of the former Soviet Union.
Russian expressed its confidence in Abbas, which was elected
president of the Palestinian Authority on January 9, that he will
achieve "deep and democratic reforms" and obtain "the support of the
international community and Israel."
Russia, the member of the international Quartet committee, which
includes also the United States, European Union and United Nations,
has declared its readiness to further cooperate and enhance the
Russian-Palestinian relations, after years of demanding the PA
to "fight terrorism" to maintain good relations with Israel.(©
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