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Abbas arrives for first Arab-European Summit in Egypt

Feb. 24, 2019 11:13 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 25, 2019 1:38 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt to participate in the First Arab-European Summit, on Sunday, with dozens of European and Arab leaders.

Abbas was received, on Saturday, by the Egyptian Minister of Local Development, Major General Mahmoud Shaarawi, and the Ambassador of Palestine to Egypt and its Permanent Representative to the Arab League, Diab al-Lawh, at the Presidential Hall at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport

Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Saeb Erekat, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad al-Malki, and Advisor to the President for Diplomatic Affairs, Majdi Khalidi, accompanied Abbas for the official visit.

Leaders, senior officials, and several ambassadors of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states will be convening a two-day summit in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss joint challenges and boost mutual cooperation opportunities.

The summit is set to commence on Sunday and is the first ever platform that brings together Arab and European leaders tackle a number of political and economic topics, including the Palestinian cause and other issues including organized crime, terrorism, illegal immigration, and human trafficking.

Additionally, more than 750 Arab and foreign correspondents will participate along with local journalists in the Arab-European Summit.

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