President Mahmoud Abbas meeting in New York with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (WAFA Images / Thayer Ghanayem)
NEW YORK, Thursday, September 26, 2019 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas held separate meeting in New York with the United Nations and the European Union chiefs and the Russian foreign minister on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly where he is expected to deliver a speech later today.
The President met with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and briefed her on the latest developments on the Palestinian situation under the Israeli occupation and its measures against them, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement to annex the occupied Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea and Israel’s withholding of the Palestinian clearance tax revenues.
Abbas also had a meeting with António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, where he updated the latter on the developments on the Palestinian ground, and the punitive measures carried out by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians.
Additionally, the President met with Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, and briefed him on the continued Israeli escalations and aggressive practices highlighting Israel’s withholding of the Palestinian tax revenues in a clear and explicit violation of international resolutions and treaties, and Netanyahu’s declaration to annex the occupied Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea.
The President is expected to raise all these issues when he addresses the UN later today.