Abbas with Jordan's King Abdullah (archives) Photo: AP
Mubarak. Pressure? Photo: AFP
Saudi King Abdullah. Urged to help Photo: Reuters
Abbas offended by Egypt, turns to Saudia Arabia
Palestinian leader asks Saudi, Jordanian kings to help him find way out from Egyptian president's pressure. Cairo demanding Abbas resume peace talks with Israel without complete settlement freeze, but he refuses
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
is under firm Egyptian pressure aimed at forcing him to agree to the resumption of peace negotiations with Israel.
According to the London-based Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, Abbas refused to restart the talks based on an American proposal that he must waive his demand for a complete freeze in the construction of settlements.
According to the report, Abbas is under "a direct threat that he will be completely ignored by the Egyptian leadership." According to the newspaper, a series of reports have claimed that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak threatened the Palestinians that his country would completely give up on the Palestinian issue if Abbas failed to accept Cairo's demand and fully cooperate with the Egyptians.
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During his visit to Amman two days ago, where he met with US special envoy George Mitchell, Abbas complained that he cannot accept the Egyptian and American request to resume the negotiations without any preconditions and without Arab and Palestinian support.
The Palestinian president therefore turned to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and asked him to intervene in order to find a way out from the Egyptian pressure. In Amman, Abbas complained to Jordan's King
Abdullah II about the great embarrassment he is in following the recent crisis.
Official Jordanian sources expressed Abbas' fear that Egypt would continue threatening him, saying he was confused as he failed to understand the entire reason for the Egyptian pressure.
They also noted that the Palestinian leader had complained about the firm and harsh remarks made by the Egyptians towards their Palestinian colleagues during their discussions.