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Abbas to visit Cairo Saturday for talks on Gaza, ending Israeli occupation

After meeting with Egypt's President El-Sisi, Mahmoud Abbas will meet foreign ministers of the Arab League to discuss action to end the Israeli occupation

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Sep 2014

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported Saturday that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas would soon arrive to Cairo on a three day visit where he is to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the Itihadeya Presidential Palace.

Following the meeting with El-Sisi, Abbas will take part in the 142nd Arab foreign ministers meeting that will take place in the Arab League headquarters.

Gamal El-Shobky, the Palestinian ambassador to Egypt and Palestine's permanent representative in the Arab League, said that Abbas will have a special meeting with Arab foreign ministers to discuss the Palestinian issue, as Nabil El-Araby, the Arab League's secretary general, demanded.

The special meeting is to discuss the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the suffering of the Palestinians caused by the latest weeks-long Israeli military assault.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip starting 8 July, nearly 70 percent of them civilians. The assault ended last week with an open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions, brokered by Egypt.

According to AFP reports, the Palestinians now intend to seek a UN Security Council resolution setting a three-year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The resolution will likely be vetoed by the US, which has long opposed unilateral moves by the Palestinians seeking statehood.

The Arab League meeting will also discuss upcoming steps to be taken by the Palestinian Authority in pursuit of ending the Israeli occupation.

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