Palestinian president Abbas to meet Saudi king

Hamas has warned that it would no longer recognise Abbas if he remained in power after his term expired on January 8.

Palestinian president Abbas to meet Saudi king

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will travel to Saudi Arabia Saturday for talks with King Abdullah, the Saudi state news agency SPA said on Thursday.

Abbas, who is seeking to revive reconciliation talks between his Fatah party and the Hamas movement, will discuss bilateral relations "in addition to regional and international issues of mutual concern" with the Saudi king, SPA said.

Earlier Thursday Abbas called on Hamas to return to the talks which broke down in November.

Abbas recently said that if Hamas did not return to reconciliation talks by the end of the year, he would call snap parliamentary and presidential elections.

Hamas has warned that it would no longer recognise Abbas if he remained in power after his term expired on January 8 and would not allow the holding of new parliamentary polls before they are due in January 2010.

Agencies

Last Mod: 26 Aralık 2008, 18:47
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