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Abbas calls on AL to hold emergency meeting on PNA financial crisis

07-25-2011 19:27 BJT

RAMALLAH, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged the Arab League (AL) to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the financial crisis the PNA is passing through.

The state-run news agency "Wafa" reported that Abbas talked with AL Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi on the phone and urged him to hold an emergency meeting.

Abbas told el-Arabi that the PNA is passing a severe financial crisis, the report said, adding that Prime Minister of the caretaker government Salam Fayyad will represent the PNA if the meeting is held.

El-Arabi assigned his deputy Ahmed Ben Halli to lead the meeting because he is not in Egypt once the meeting is held. A specific date for the meeting hasn't been yet set up.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian embassy in Saudi Arabia announced in a press statement that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay 30 million U. S. dollars to support the budget of the PNA.

"Saud Arabia has been always committed to transferring its financial commitments to the Palestinian Authority and to the decisions of the Arab League," said the embassy's statement.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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