|Date: 29/04/2012 Time: 12:31:00 AM
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks
with his Tunisian counterpart Moncef Marzouki and other senior officials at
the Cartage Presidential Palace near Tunis Saturday evening.
The talks focused on the Palestinian question particularly the
inter-Palestinian reconciliation efforts and the Palestinian-Israeli peace
talks, Abbas told reporters.
"Tunisia, under President Marzouki, can play a key role in bridging the
rift between the main Palestinian factions," he said.
"The talks wish the Tunisian leader reviewed the Palestinian political
process and the ways to promote Palestine cause on the bilateral level or the
multilateral one in the frameworks of the Arab ministerial follow-up committee
and the United Nations," he pointed out.
As for the bilateral ties, we have agreed to activate the joint ministerial
committee, Abbas said, voicing hope that the committee would meet at an early
He thanked Marzouki on the decision of Tunisia to donate a plot of land on
the outskirts of the capital city for Palestine to build an embassy thereon.
In a related development, spokesman of the Tunisian presidency Adnan Mansar
said the Palestinian National Authority allocated a plot of land for Tunisia
in the West Bank city of Ramallah to establish "an interim embassy."
"The permanent seat of the Tunisian embassy will be in Jerusalem," the
On his part, a spokesman for the Tunisian presidency said his country will
soon organize an international conference on the Palestinian detainees in
order to lobby for the rights of the Palestinian prisoners at Israeli jails.
President Abbas arrived here this afternoon leading a large high-level
delegation on a four-day official visit to Tunisian; he is scheduled to meet
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and President of the Constituent Assembly
Mustapha Ben Jaafar.