Bush expected to visit Ramallah and Jericho on (9), 10, 11 January

It’s not yet clear what U.S. President George W. Bush will do, exactly, when he visits Israel — and the Palestinian Authority — in ten days’ time.

PalPress news agency reported from Ramallah on Sunday that “The local Palestinian newspaper Al Quds reported today that President Mahoud Abbas will send Member of the PLO Executive Committee Yasser Abd Rabo and Akram Haniyah to Washington ahead of Bush’s scheduled visit to the Palestinian territories. The newspaper pointed out that the aim behind this visit is to confirm on the Palestinian national constants regarding several issues most important of which is ceasing settlement activities which are considered the main obstacle in the way of any peace negotiations.  The two Palestinian envoys will clarify the stance of the Palestinian issues over several other issues (such as prisoners, barriers, IDs, etc) in addition to other issues expected to be discussed during Abbas – Bush meeting. Al Quds newspaper revealed that the US President George W. Bush will arrive to Israel on the ninth of January and he is scheduled to meet in the next day with President Abbas in the headquarters of the [Muqata’a] Compound of Ramallah. Bush is also expected to visit Jericho and Hisham castle, he will also inspect the Municipality Library a US sponsored project.”

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