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Arab leaders agree on funds to help Abbas

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Arab leaders agree on funds to help Abbas


Arab leaders meeting in Doha have agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a multi- million dollar safety net.

The money will help President Mahmoud Abbas’s government pay its bills since Israel stopped handing over customs duties after the United Nations upgraded the Palestinians’ status to that of “non-member observer state”.

While appreciating the Arab initiative President Mahmoud Abbas warned that if Israel continued in its seizure of funds along with pushing forward with the construction of Jewish settlements then the situation would change.

Agreement at the conference went further with the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat confirming that a committee had been formed to develop
a plan of action aimed at ending the occupation since 1967.

The Arab donors will be given 15 days to fulfil their much needed pledges.

Correspondent Maha Barada reporting from Doha, said: “After the new status, the Palestinians still lack national reconciliation and general elections but will the decisions taken by Arab ministers gathered here give a significant boost to the peace process?”

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