President Abbas discussed cease fire with Hillary Clinton

RAMALLAH, November 21, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas received US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Ramallah on Wednesday and they discussed ceasefire in Gaza, according to chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Erekat said that Clinton informed Abbas that the U.S. administration is exerting all possible efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. He said that Abbas told Clinton all factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are seeking to reach a comprehensive mutual calm that insures stopping Israeli assassinations. Clinton said that she will be heading to Cairo to meet with the Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi and they will exert all efforts to insure ceasefire will be, said Erekat. He said Abbas stressed that Gaza is facing a humanitarian disaster and massacre and that a ceasefire must be reached immediately.

They also discussed the Palestinian step to the United Nations to gain a non-member state status, said Erekat. Clinton affirmed the U.S. administration’s refusal to this step, UN bid, and asked Abbas to postpone it and change his opinion, however, Abbas refused, saying that the decision has already been taken and that the Palestinian leadership is not seeking to face the U.S. or any other country but it is simply practicing its right to put Palestine in its place among the countries and on the geographical map, according to Erekat.

Source: WAFA News