Abbas praises Qatar support for Palestinians Aug 10, 2018 0 1160 12345 QNADohaThe Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani met President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas at the Amiri Diwan on Thursday.At the beginning of the meeting, Abbas informed the Amir about the latest developments in Palestine. The Palestinian president also discussed peace efforts, the national reconciliation process as well as the latest Israeli escalation in Gaza. Abbas thanked the Amir for Qatar's firm position in supporting the Palestinian people.The meeting also discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, in addition to exchanging views on the latest regional and international issues.Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Dr Saeb Erekat described the talks between the Amir and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as constructive and fruitful.In an exclusive interview with Qatar News Agency, Erekat said the Palestinian president lauded the Amir's position on the Palestinian issue and Qatar's rejection of the US administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer the US Embassy there. He said Abbas praised the efforts of Qatar in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip through the legitimate authority and the Palestinian government. Qatar is one of the first countries that contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, he added.Erekat said the Palestinian president affirmed his readiness to achieve reconciliation as"the supreme Palestinian interest" and that the Palestinians will have a"national unity government" with cooperation between Fatah and Hamas and all Palestinian factions, to enable this government to assume its full responsibilities in accordance with the Palestinian law, and then proceed for the general elections.He said Abbas praised the efforts made by Qatar in supporting the Palestinian cause at all levels and in various forums.Erekat said the Palestinian president told the Amir that his highest priority is reconciliation, because by achieving it, the Palestinians can face the deal of the century and attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.Erekat said the Amir emphasised on reconciliation as a supreme Palestinian interest and the way to consolidate the national project by the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.He said the Amir renewed Qatar's stand on the side of the Palestinian people and their just cause, saying to the Palestinian President,"We are with you. We are with Palestinian legitimacy. We are with the Palestinian project. We cannot accept any solution except the independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders. We will support you with all we have in this direction".The Amir also stressed the need for the Palestinian national unity as a strategic point and a supreme national interest, he added.Erekat said the Palestinian side relies heavily on the Qatari role and any role played by other parties to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation. He said the Palestinians are now facing the so-called"deal of the century", with US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy there. Erekat condemned the continued aggression and dangerous Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip. Erekat pointed out that Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement in Doha in 2012 which was adopted by the two sides.Subsequently, Qatar submitted a paper in this regard in 2015 and was also accepted, Erekat said, expressing his hope that others will also join their brothers in Qatar to contribute and support this reconciliation."The reconciliation we are talking about is not between two different countries but between one people. The West Bank, like Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, are all under occupation. The aggression and the war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against our people do not differentiate between Palestinians," he added.He pointed out that the war crimes committed by the occupation against the heroic return marches, killed more than 200 Palestinians and wounded 20,000."The ability of the Palestinians to defeat these attempts depends on one thing which is national unity," Erekat said.On the Arab position towards the Palestinian issue, he said:"The Arabs may disagree very much among themselves, but there is no disagreement among them about preserving the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian national project and achieving Palestinian reconciliation."He said the Palestinian Authority always stands with Gaza as an integral part of the territory of the State of Palestine, like Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho and any other Palestinian area."Gaza needs humanitarian assistance, projects and pumping aid, because three wars have destroyed it and destroyed its infrastructure," he said.He stressed that the key to obtaining Palestinian rights is to achieve reconciliation and remove the causes of division and end it in all its manifestations."We do not want new agreements. The existing agreements are sufficient.""We are with any effort to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation on the basis of enabling the Palestinian national reconciliation government to assume its full responsibilities in accordance with the Basic Law and have free and fair elections," he added. 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