Monday, November 6, 2017

Saudi King Summons Palestinian Authority Leader to Riyadh

From The New Arab:

Mahmoud Abbas to visit Saudi Arabia for impromptu meeting with Saudi king and crown prince
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday for an impromptu trip at a time when Riyadh finds itself in the midst of unprecedented political upheaval.
Palestine's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bassam al-Agha told Voice of Palestine radio that Abbas will meet Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following a weekend of upheaval.

Abbas will discuss bilateral relations with the Saudi King and Crown Prince and brief them on the latest developments in Palestine, al-Agha added.

The snap visit was planned only 24-hours prior to being announced and Abbas will travel to Riyadh after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is unclear whether Saudi Arabia or the Palestinian Authority initiated the visit.

The meetings will likely discuss a secret four-day trip made by senior US adviser Jared Kushner and Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt last week.

The trip was the latest step in the efforts of US officials to continue discussions with regional partners on the Middle East peace process....MORE