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Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 3:43 PM (EST+7)
Abbas to embark on diplomatic tour

Read more: Mahmoud Abbas, diplomacy, statehood, United Nations, statehood bid

RAMALLAH, October 1 (JMCC) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will soon set out on a diplomatic tour intended to shore up support for his petition for member state status at the United Nations, reports Xinua.

On Friday evening, Abbas met with various Arab and foreign diplomats at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the political capital of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), said the official, saying that he discussed with them his upcoming steps to earn the enough support for passing the bid.

The bid for a statehood, submitted to the UN last week, was debated by the Security Council, then it was moved to a membership committee to prepare it for voting. The Palestinians believe now they have eight out of 15 Security Council members who will vote for the bid. However, the Palestinians would need at least nine votes in the council, to oblige Washington to veto the bid in order to prevent the vote from going to the General Assembly.

Well-informed sources also said that Abbas will fly to Europe this week, and will address a speech at the headquarters of the European Union in Strasbourg, then he would travel to Latin America to visit in Honduras, Columbia and Portugal.

Reyad Mansour, the diplomatic representative of Palestine in the UN, told Palestinian Radio Voice of Palestine that he expects that the membership committee in the Security Council will end checking the bid soon unless the bid is referred to other UN legal establishments for more debates.







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