Chirac sends get-well wishes to stricken Arafat

28th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday addressed his "warmest wishes" for the recovery of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who has fallen badly ill and who, according to his doctors, requires foreign medical treatment.

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday addressed his "warmest wishes" for the recovery of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who has fallen badly ill and who, according to his doctors, requires foreign medical treatment.

"Having learnt of the health problems you are facing, I wish to express my deepest sympathy and warmest wishes for your recovery," Chirac wrote in a letter made public.

"France, as you know, backs the aspiration you embody for the creation of a viable, prosperous and peaceful Palestinian state alongside a state of Israel assured of its security," the president said.

He signed off again stressing "his sincerest wishes for a recovery" and extending his "cordial friendship".

Arafat's doctors say the Palestinian leader is suffering from a potentially fatal blood disorder and will have to undergo tests abroad to determine the cause.

Arafat has been effectively confined to his West Bank headquarters by Israeli troops for nearly three years.

However the Israeli government has said that it will authorise him to leave his so-called Muqataa base to receive treatment wherever he wants.

Arafat's wife Suha lives in Paris with the couple's nine-year-old daughter Wahwa. They both rushed to Arafat's bedside from Tunis, where they had been on a visit.

© AFP

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