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Abbas arrives in Doha for Arab committee meeting

April 8, 2013 8:32 P.M. (Updated: April 10, 2013 12:34 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Doha on Monday to attend a committee meeting organized by the Arab League.

The meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee is being chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani.

"This meeting is to talk about the Arab delegation that will head to (the United Nations in) New York with the aim of reviving the peace process," Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby told reporters ahead of the talks.

Abbas was welcomed in Doha by Qatari minister of state Abdullah Ibn Khalifa al-Atiyeh and Palestinian Authority ambassador to Qatar Muneer Ghannam, Wafa reported.

He was joined by PLO official Saeb Erekat and PA foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki, together with several of Abbas' aides.

The foreign ministers of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar will attend the meeting, together with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby.

The proposal to send a delegation to New York was agreed during the most recent Arab summit, held in Doha last month.

Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani gave an opening address at March summit urging the UN Security Council to stop the killing in Syria's two-year-old civil war and hold those responsible to account before international courts.

The emir also called for the immediate establishment of a $1 billion fund to help Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and offered to contribute $250 million to it.

He also suggested an Arab summit in Cairo to implement Palestinian reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

AFP contributed to this report
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