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Palestinian security spokesman: 4 meetings held in the region’s capital against Abbas

March 6, 2017 at 2:55 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah, West Bank on November 09, 2016 ( Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency )

A Palestinian security official hinted on Sunday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is being plotted against.

“The holding of four meetings in the region’s capitals in the past four months proves that Palestinian legitimacy is targeted,” Adnan Damiri said, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

“The national cause is subjected to a conspiracy against Palestinian legitimacy, especially that Palestinian Liberation Organisation [PLO], the legitimate and only representative of the Palestinian people,” he added.

Besides being the Palestinian president, Abbas also heads the PLO and is a member of the Fatah movement.

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The security official said that the four meetings were held in Tehran, Iran; Istanbul, Turkey; and Ain Al-Sukhna, Egypt, adding that those who attended the meetings do not represent Palestinians, and were invited to these meetings in secret, which constitutes “a desperate attempt to search for alternatives for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and to undermine its status.”

He called for strengthening joint work between Palestinian society’s political and social segments, as well as civil society and security bodies, in order to protect the nation from divisions. Damiri stressed the importance of Palestinian unity in the face of the challenges that emanate from occupation and the Israeli settler activity, in addition to challenges posed by outlaws.

“Security forces will pursue the outlaws … wherever they are to refer them to the judiciary, which ultimately makes decisions on the accusations levelled against them,” the Palestinian official said, adding that all Palestinians are equal before the law.