Arab summit to adopt Yemeni proposal on Palestinian reconciliation

Arab League Secretary General Amr Musa announced on Wednesday that the Arab summit in Damascus will adopt a Yemeni initiative aimed at ending disputes among the Palestinians.

Arab summit to adopt Yemeni proposal on Palestinian reconciliation
Musa arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to join a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers to be held in the Syrian capital on Thursday. He is to attend the two-day convention of the summit on Saturday.

Yemen had presented an initiative of reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements aiming at ending months of dispute and resuming dialogue between them. Both groups had announced they accepted the initiative.

"The Arab summit will adopt all the crucial and sensitive Arab issues, mainly issues related to the situation in Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and the Palestinian Territories," Musa told a news conference.

Musa confirmed that the Arab Summit, "which welcomed the Yemeni initiative of reconciliation, will adopt the initiative and will include a clause about it in the final statement of the summit."

Asked if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may not participate in the summit on Saturday because he is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Musa said "President Abbas will attend the summit."

"We will do all our best and we are hopeful that the summit will tackle all the outstanding Arab issues," said Musa, adding that "implementing the Arab initiative will serve all the Arab issues."

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