HE. President Mahmoud Abbas

President of the Palestinian National Authority.

Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, is the President of the Palestinian National Authority, and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.


Politics: President Abbas is one of the few surviving founder members of Fatah – the main political grouping within the PLO. He has always been committed to pursuing an independent Palestinian state through negotiations and was one of the principal architects of the Oslo peace process. He accompanied Yassir Arafat to the White House to sign the Oslo Accords.


Historic Treaty with Jordan: President Abbas signed a historic agreement with King Abdullah II of Jordan confirming the Hashemite Kingdom’s custodianship over the Holy Sites of Jerusalem. This treaty makes formal a situation which has existed since 1924, and it will not merely avoid any disputes between Jordan and Palestine, but will more importantly enable both countries to jointly legally protect the Holy Sites in Jerusalem against Israeli (official or unofficial) incursions, physical destruction and illegal annexation.


Future Issues: Mr Abbas is in the 11th year of what was initially meant to be a four-year term in office and the lack of any clear progress for the Palestinian situation, and an economy in ruins has led to support for Fatah waning even in the West Bank. The PNA has submitted initial documents to the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes by Israel during their onslaught of Gaza in 2014.

Palestinian peace talks delegation resigns, Abbas says - Reuters
2013-11-14 06:46:38

... West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in U.S.-brokered statehood talks with Israel that have been clouded by Jewish settlement building.

Remarks After a Meeting With President Mahmoud Abbas - US Department of State (press release)
2013-11-06 17:05:46

We just had a very, very good meeting with President Abbas and an excellent lunch and a great conversation about the process. Let me state unequivocally that President Abbas is 100 percent committed to these talks. He has committed that the ...

President Mansour, Sisi Discuss Developments in Region With Abbas - AllAfrica.com
2013-11-11 12:18:48

Meanwhile, Minister of Defense and Military Production General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting touched on the developments in the region and its impacts on the peace process and stability in the Middle ...

The Return of Mohammed Dahlan - Al-Monitor
2013-10-30 17:56:05

The possibility of the return of former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan to Palestine appears to have improved in recent months. Fatah sources told Al-Monitor that Palestinian Authority President and Fatah Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has softened his ...and more »

PA President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Pope Francis - UPI.com
2013-10-17 14:49:14

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Frances Thursday at the Vatican and invited the pontiff to visit the Holy Land, aides said. Abbas said he was delighted to visit the Vatican and meet with the ...

Abbas's son appeals lawsuit rejection - The Times of Israel
2013-10-25 23:41:45

Palestinian security officers slide down a building next to a banner of President Mahmoud Abbas with Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank town of Jenin on Wednesday. Arabic on the left reads "our hero prisoners, the covenant is the covenant and the section ...and more »

Abbas praises Al-Sisi as 'great leader' while attacking Hamas and Muslim ... - Middle East Monitor
2013-11-13 11:43:53

Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has revealed that during their meeting in Ramallah on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry told him to "Please, send my greetings to General Al-Sisi", when Kerry learnt about the Palestinian ...

Mahmoud Abbas: First Obstacle to Peace - American Thinker
2013-10-25 06:41:12

But with a government full of cronies happy to oblige him, Abbas continues to unilaterally extend his occupation of the president's office. Abbas presides over a population of about 2 million -- the size of metropolitan Kansas City. Yet outsized perks ...

President of Poland Visits Bethlehem and Meets President Mahmoud Abbas - The Global Herald
2013-11-05 13:42:44

In an earlier meeting with the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, Komorowski highlighted the similar experiences of statehood faced by Israel and Poland as well as the sensitivities of the Polish people to anti-Semitism. He outlined a bright future of co ...

Abbas admits to promoting Al-Sisi's coup in the West - Middle East Monitor
2013-11-13 13:52:30

President Mahmoud Abbas disclosed on Tuesday evening that he has told Western countries what he calls "the truth of the matter" in the region, including that what occurred last 30 June in Egypt "was a popular revolution". He also noted that the ...

Birth: 26 March 1935 (Age: 83)

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Influence:Political. One of the founders of Fatah, and leading peace negotiator in the Palestine-Israel conflict.

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