Abbas arrives at UN ‘Group of 77’ developing nations bloc to be elected president

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives at a meeting of the Group of 77, the largest bloc of developing nations at the United Nations, where he will be elected president for the coming year.

Palestine, which is not a member state of the UN but has observer state status, was chosen to head the so-called Group of 77 — a consortium now consisting of 134 nations that often speaks in one voice at the UN General Assembly — starting January 1, 2019.

Egyptian President el-Sisi is addressing the meeting, which is also attended by UN Secretary-General Guterres, ahead of Abbas, who will also address the ministerial session.

— Raphael Ahren

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