Palestinian president concludes Sana’a visit [Archives:2006/970/Front Page]

August 7 2006

By:Yasser Al-Mayasi
SANA'A, Aug. 5 ) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen) concluded his two-day visit to Sana'a, during which he held discussions with senior officials and met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Both sides discussed the latest developments in Palestine and efforts exerted to strengthen Palestinian unity in order to confront international challenges.

In a news conference, Abbas ascertained that his visit to Yemen comes as part of an Arab round to exchange viewpoints on what is happening in Lebanon and Palestine. He confirmed that he exchanged viewpoints with Saleh on the crisis and how to settle it and he hoped that Arabs will have a unified stance on what's happening in the two countries.

Abbas also condemned Israeli authorities' detention of the Palestinian Legislative Council chairman “We will speak with a louder voice at international conferences to denounce the detention of 65 high-level government officials, including ministers and members of the legislative and municipal councils.”

The Palestinian leader called for holding an emergency Arab summit to discuss the status quo in Palestine and Lebanon. He described what's happening in his country as similar to what's taking place in Lebanon, noting that the Lebanese legal resistance provides a good example for Arab nations.