Palestinian president to meet Harper on TuesdayPrime Minister Stephen Harper will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas here on Tuesday, officials said.
In a statement on Saturday, Harper said he looked forward to the meeting and "discussing the current peace process and the important security and economic issues that face the Palestinian Authority Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestinian National Authority, interim self-government body responsible for areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Palestinian control. .
"We continue to work in good faith with president Abbas, whom the government of Canada The Government of Canada is the federal government of Canada. The powers and structure of the federal government are set out in the Constitution of Canada.
In modern Canadian use, the term "government" (or "federal government") refers broadly to the cabinet of the day and recognizes as a legitimate representative of Palestinian interests in the wider Middle East."
Abbas is Abbas I (Abbas the Great) (äbäs`, ăbäs`, ăb`əs), 1557–1629, shah of Persia (1587–1628), of the Safavid dynasty. also expected to inaugurate in·au·gu·rate
tr.v. in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing, in·au·gu·rates
1. To induct into office by a formal ceremony.
2. the Palestinian government's new offices in the capital before traveling to Washington to meet with US President Barack Obama on May 28.
Abbas, who last visited Ottawa in May 2005, recently met with Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon Lawrence Cannon, PC, MP (born December 6, 1947) is a Canadian politician from Québec and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Quebec lieutenant. Geneology
Cannon is the son of government lawyer Louis Cannon and Quebec television broadcast pioneer Rosemary "Posie" Power, and during his Mideast tour in February.
Since taking office in 2006, Harper's Conservative government has firmly sided with Israel in Mideast affairs and was first to suspend aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas won elections the same year.
Hamas has been listed in Canada as a terrorist organization since 2002, "responsible for several hundred terrorist attacks against both civilian and military targets," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a government website.
In January, Arab ambassadors over what they viewed as Ottowa's "unbalanced" Mideast policies, notably in the recent Gaza conflict.
"Canada is committed to the peace process in the Middle East," Harper said.
"We continue to support regional leaders who share our commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations."