Abbas to meet French president on Friday

27th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to visit Paris on Friday for talks with new French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to visit Paris on Friday for talks with new French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

The visit will be Abbas's first to France since Sarkozy became president. The trip had been set for June 18 but the Palestinians cancelled the visit because of the crisis in the Gaza Strip, now in the hands of Abbas's rivals from Hamas.

Last week, French officials said Paris will provide direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and is discussing ways of getting humanitarian aid to the isolated residents of Gaza, largely shut off from the outside world.

The French aid will be provided in parallel to emergency payments to the Palestinian cabinet announced by the European Union on Wednesday.


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