Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa announced Wednesday his willingness to accompany Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip in order to facilitate the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
Palestinian President Abbas has officially asked Moussa to accompany him in his visit to Gaza on behalf of all Arab nations, said chief Palestinian negotiator Dr. Saeb Erakat in a joint press conference with Moussa.
“I am willing to go with Abbas to Gaza and I don’t see a reason why the Arab League should not take part in the Palestinian reconciliation regardless of the details,” Moussa replied to Erakat’s request. “The most important thing is that we shouldn’t waste time.”
“We deeply appreciate Moussa’s approval to accompany Abbas,” said Erakat. “This is the time of reconciliation.”
Erakat explained that after holding talks with Abbas, two main points were agreed upon: the first is the president’s trip to Gaza to start talks with Hamas and the second is forming a technocrat government to reconstruct Gaza and holding presidential and legislative elections.
He also added that Abbas has reiterated his stance against settlement construction in the occupied territories, including Jerusalem, and has stressed the necessity of the resumption of the peace process.
“These are not Palestinian demands. These are obligations to which Israel is committed and that have to be implemented.”
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)