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PA asks France to review Paris Economic Protocol

February 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) is escorted by French president Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) as he leaves at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 21 September, 2018 [Mustafa Yalçın/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Ambassador to Paris Salman Al-Harfi said that Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki has handed over a letter to the French foreign ministry asking it to review the Paris Economic Protocol, Al-Watan Voice reported yesterday.

Al-Harfi also said that Al-Maliki briefed French President Emmanuel Macron’s diplomatic aide on the latest developments and the consequences of the Israeli decision to deduct the salaries of Palestinians wounded, killed or imprisoned by Israel from the tax revenues collected by Tel Aviv on behalf of the PA.

He said that France was informed about the official PA stance, pointing to the fact that the Israeli decision is considered a violation of the Paris Protocol.

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Meanwhile, he noted that Paris pledged to put pressure on Israel in order to rescind its decision to cut the PA tax money.

In addition, he said that the PA President Mahmoud Abbas would meet with the French foreign minister who is attending the Arab-European summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Al-Harfi said that three months ago, the PA held a meeting about the issue of reviewing the protocol with Israel in full coordination with Paris, noting that this was based on the decisions of PLO’s Central Council.