RAMALLAH, September 23, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York on Sunday and is set for talks with European and world leaders in the coming days, including a meeting with US President Barack Obama scheduled for Tuesday, Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Monday.
He told Voice of Palestine radio that Abbas will hold a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday.
He said Abbas will talk about the latest developments in the peace talks with Israel, denying that Abbas will hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also scheduled to travel to New York this week.
“No such meeting is planned,” said Malki, explaining that “the situation is not yet set for such a meeting,” which “is not going to help in anything on the ground.”
Malki expressed concern that Israel may use the killing of an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Sunday and another off duty soldier in Qalqilya two days earlier in order to discredit the Palestinian Authority.
However, he said, the PA will be ready to counter any such attempt from Israel by explaining what Israel is doing on the ground in the West Bank, including the recent killings in Qalandia and Jenin refugee camps.
“We will talk about everything that Israel is doing on the ground and we can be persuasive in explaining the Palestinian position,” he said.