US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in advance of his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday in which he was to informally request recognition of Palestine as a non-member state.
Senior Palestinian officials expected Clinton to pressure Abbas to abandon his plan to ask the General Assembly to grant non-member status to the Palestinian Authority.
During his stay in New York in the past two days, Abbas has met with numerous foreign dignitaries, including French President Francois Hollande, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi, Israel Radio reported.
Abbas reportedly related to them the process by which he expects to gain UN non-member state status.
Israel Radio reported that Abbas would request, in principle, an upgrade to non-member status for Palestine on Thursday, but would not bring the resolution to a vote until after the US presidential elections in November.
Chinese Xinhua state news agency reported that a senior Palestinian official said that no date had yet been set for a UN General Assembly vote to recognize a Palestinian non-member state.
“Once we are ready, we will ask for a vote during this year’s session of the United Nations,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said.