Bethlehem: Palestinian president Mahmud
Abbas on Wednesday called for US President Barack Obama to make "bold
decisions" on Middle East peace and accused Israel of
His remarks at the opening of an investment conference in
the occupied West Bank came ahead of a visit to Washington
next week and after Israel`s deadly capture of an aid convoy
bound for the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Monday.
"My message to Obama during our meeting in Washington
next week will be that we need bold decisions to change the
face of the region," Abbas said.
Later in the day Abbas returned to the West Bank
political capital of Ramallah to meet US envoy George Mitchell
for the latest round of indirect "proximity" talks with Israel
launched on May 9.
"My message to all parties is that we need bold decisions
to change the face of the region and end the suffering and the
pain and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands," Abbas
told the investment conference.
The president spoke at the opening of the 2010 Palestine
Investment Conference, which he referred to as the "Freedom
Conference" in honour of those killed on Monday aboard the
"Freedom Flotilla" bound for Gaza.
Organisers said delegations from 26 countries would be
attending the conference, including a US presidential
delegation led by Mitchell.