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Abbas in Riyadh: No secret agreements at Cairo talks

Oct. 30, 2008 9:35 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2008 9:35 A.M.)
Riyadh - Ma'an - Palestine's ambassador to Saudi Arabia hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a dinner reception in his home in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The dinner was attended by several Arab ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, the deputy secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other deputies within the foreign ministry.

Abbas spoke about current events, focusing on the internal dialogue to be launched on 9 November in Cairo. The president confirmed that he would "exert all possible efforts to achieve national unity."

"This dialogue is based on the principles of the Yemeni Initiative, which was adopted at the summit in Damascus," he said.

Furthermore, Abbas noted that Egypt and other Arab nations "are exerting all possible efforts to make this dialogue succeed," participation that the president welcomed.

"We will never sign any agreement behind our Palestinians' backs, nor behind Arabs' backs," he promised.

"We are still discussing this and we will review it soon with our people, and soon after send it to the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council) for adoption," he said.

The evening concluded with a speech by the Libyan ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
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