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Ramallah / PNN --Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas visited Damascus on Thursday for planned meetings with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad and senior powerful Syrians, as announced by Abbas' spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh. President Abbas and the Syrian officials discussed Palestinian affairs and the general situation in the region. They explored in particular "a common Arab position in all that concerns negotiations with Israel in light of the recent newly elected extremist right Israeli government," confirmed Abu Rudeineh.The inter-Palestinian dialogue between Fateh and the democratically elected Hamas party was equally discussed, including the implementation of a unity government.The Palestinian factions in Damascus have, however, said that they boycotted the President's visit because they consider that "his political and organizational plans are illegal and anti-constitutional." The reference is to Abbas' appointed Fayyad government which even the Fateh party itself, including Azzam Al Ahmed of the legislative council, is taking exception to.On Saturday, the sixteenth of May, the leaders of the two rival parties will meet yet again in Cairo in search of a way to obtain national unity.

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Date:May 14, 2009
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