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PA intelligence chief met Saudi officials to discuss ‘deal of the century’

February 13, 2019 at 11:20 am

Palestinians stage a protest against the ‘Deal of the Century’, planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj met senior Saudi officials on Monday evening to discuss the US “deal of the century” and its implications.

According to an Haaretz report yesterday, the Palestinian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bassim Al-Agha, told WAFA news agency that these discussions are meant to address what he would define as attempts to wipe out the Palestinian national issue.

Faraj arrived in Saudi Arabia along with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Saeb Erekat and the PA Civil Affairs Minister, Hussein Al-Sheikh.

The trio met with the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz and his son Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS). The PA officials wanted to make sure that the Kingdom’s position regarding the so-called “deal of the century” is consistent with that of the PA.

Haaretz reported a senior Palestinian official as saying that the fact that Abbas was being accompanied by his closest advisors is testament to the importance of the meeting.

The Israeli daily also revealed that Abbas had discussed the matter with heads of African nations prior to visiting Saudi Arabia, saying that the United States is no longer able to aid the diplomatic process.

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