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President Khalifa receives Abu Mazen

posted on 20/12/2004: 648 views



President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received in Abu Dhabi yesterday at the Al Bateen Palace the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who arrived here earlier in the afternoon with his entourage for a visit to the UAE as part of his tour of Arab countries.



During the meeting, Abu Mazen briefed Sheikh Khalifa about the situation in the Palestinian territories, efforts being made to conduct elections and the dialogue with all Palestinian factions for a move forward towards the future. They discussed a number of issues of mutual interest in the light of the latest developments in the region, as well as bilateral ties between the two sides.



The UAE President reiterated the total commitment of the UAE government and people to support the Palestinian people, who are suffering under the Israeli occupation and abusive practices. He also reiterated the UAE's support for the efforts being made by the Palestinian leadership to achieve unity and solidarity among the various factions and for the preparations being made by the various Palestinian bodies towards the future of Palestine. Sheikh Khalifa expressed the hope that the Palestinians would achieve their long cherished dream of establishing an independent Palestinian state and to achieved their legitimate rights in the light of the international efforts to end their sufferings for them to enjoy stability and progress.



Present at the meeting were Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a number of sheikhs, ministers and senior officials.



Also present at the Palestinian side were Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmed Qorei, Finance Minister, Sallam Fayyad, Palestinian Ambassador, Khalid Tawfiq Malak and a number of Palestinian officials accompanying Abu Mazen. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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