Abbas to meet Bush in Washington on May 26 (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) RAMALLAH, West Bank 05/13/05 11:54 AM ET)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas is to
hold talks in Washington with US President George W. Bush in two
weeks, Palestinian officials said.
He is set to meet Bush at
the White House on May 26, a member of his
entourage told AFP from Chile where Abbas was paying an official
It will be the first trip to the White House by a
Authority president since Bush took office in January 2001, given
his administration´s long-time boycott of Abbas´s predecessor, the
late Yasser Arafat.
His visit is likely to cement his
growing rapprochement with the
Bush administration, which has congratulated him on his pledge to
crack down on violence and for imbibing the Middle East peace
process with "activism".
Abbas last met Bush at the White House
in July 2003 when he was
Arafat´s prime minister.
Palestinian deputy prime minister
Nabil Shaath told AFP that Abbas
had turned down invitations to visit other countries in Asia, in
addition to tours of Japan and China, in order to be in Washington
by the end of the month.
Attending the first Arab-South
American summit in Brasilia on
Wednesday, Abbas said he would ask Washington to put political
pressure on Israel to adhere to the roadmap peace plan and for
The peace blueprint, drafted by the European
the United Nations and Washington, has made next to no progress
since its launch in 2003. (Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse.
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