Abbas asks Iran not to intervene in Palestinians' internal affairs
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Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts

    RAMALLAH, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday urged Iran not to intervene in the Palestinian internal affairs.

    "Iran must not intervene in the internal Palestinian affairs," Abbas said during a news conference with the visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Ramallah.

Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (R) shakes hands with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March 4, 2009.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Iran is holding a conference to support Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory controlled by Abbas' bitter rival, Islamic Hamas movement. The conference is seen a counterpart of the international donors meeting that took place in Egypt where the conferees pledged more than 4 billion U.S. dollars for Gaza and renewed recognition of Abbas as the legal Gaza ruler.

    "You are widening our divisions, not helping us," Abbas said.

    In her first visit to the territory as a secretary of state, Clinton renewed support for Abbas, saying Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's government, which is based in the West Bank, was "the only legitimate government for the Palestinians."

    Meanwhile, Abbas stressed that Israel must be committed the two-state solution as the only way to end decades of violence. He also called on Israel to stop building settlements and demolishing Palestinian houses in the West Bank.

    Clinton also said the construction of settlements doesn't go with Israel's commitment under the U.S.-backed Road Map peace plan.

    She expressed concerns over the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip despite international calls for opening the crossing points to allow the reconstruction process to take place.

    "A child growing up in Gaza without shelter, healthcare and education has the same right to go to see a doctor, go to school and have a roof over his head as a child growing up in any country," she said.

Iran says conference not interference in Palestinian affairs

    TEHRAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official on Wednesday rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' accusation that Iran was intervening in the Palestinian internal affairs by holding an international conference on the issue.

    "Holding conference on Palestine in Tehran does not mean interfering in Palestinian affairs," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by local Mehr news agency as saying. Full story

Iran's president calls for "international front against Zionism"

    TEHRAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called for the formation of an "international front against Zionism."

    Ahmadinejad made the call at an international conference with the theme of "In Support of Palestine, the Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, the Victim of Crime."  Full story

Clinton highlights two-state solution in first Mideast foray

    JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked Israeli officials that the U.S. administration is committed to establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    The United States "will be vigorously engaged in the pursuit of a two-state solution... The inevitability of working toward a two-state solution is inescapable," said Clinton at a joint press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.  Full story

Abbas, Clinton to meet on peace process, settlements activities: official

    RAMALLAH, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday that President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold talks in Ramallah later in the day to discuss the peace process and Israeli settlements activities in the West Bank.

    Clinton, who is paying her first official visit to the region after becoming the secretary of state, arrived in Israel on Tuesday, where she held talks with Israeli leaders. Full story

Israel opens commercial crossings with Gaza

    GAZA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Wednesday opened its commercial crossing points with the impoverished Gaza Strip to allow in aid convoys, a Palestinian official said.

    Some 110 trucks are scheduled to enter into Gaza through Kerem Shalom crossing, laden with aid of international organizations and frozen meat, herbs, fruits and children diapers imported by private companies, said Deputy Minister of Economy Nasser al-Saraj. Full story 

Hamas slams Abbas for excluding non-PLO prisoners from aid

   GAZA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Wednesday slammed President Mahmoud Abbas for excluding from fiscal aid prisoners affiliated to Palestinian groups out of the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

    Abbas has decided to install an urgent payment for prisoners held by Israel, excluding the detainees whose factions are not represented under the PLO, an umbrella organization established in 1964 encompassing eight different groups. Full story

Hamas outlining views for next unity dialogue

    GAZA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement said on Wednesday it started outlining its views on controversial issues to be ready for another round of talks with rival Fatah movement.

    Late last month, Egypt succeeded in sponsoring the first session of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah.Full story 

Clinton highlights two-state solution in first Mideast foray

    JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked Israeli officials that the U.S. administration is committed to establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    The United States "will be vigorously engaged in the pursuit of a two-state solution... The inevitability of working toward a two-state solution is inescapable," said Clinton at a joint press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Full story

Israel's Netanyahu says find common ground with Clinton

    JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he found "common ground" with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in achieving the "common goals" of both countries.

    While details of their meeting were still unknown, the chairman of the center-right Likud party and leader of the right-wing bloc said his conversation with Clinton "was deep, important and good."  Full story

News Analysis: Billions USD donations give hope for Gaza, work remains tough

    CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- International donors have pledged 4.481 billion U.S. dollars of donation to shore up the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian economic recovery, building hope for ending the Palestinian tragedy, but numerous difficulties make the task still a tough one.

    "It's beyond of our expectations," chairing Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said at a press briefing following the Gaza aid conference held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday.  Full story

Hamas: Clinton's visit to the region disappointing

    GAZA. March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Tuesday said the first visit of Hillary Clinton to the region as a U.S. Secretary of State was disappointing.

    In her meetings with the Israeli leaders, Clinton said the new U.S. administration will be committed to Israel's security and to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.  Full story 

 

Editor: Lu Hui
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