Abbas to visit Hamas-backing Qatar Monday

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Qatar tomorrow, a chief Abbas aide says.

“Tomorrow, President Abu Mazen will arrive in the sisterly State of Qatar at the invitation of his comrade His Highness Amiri Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,” tweets close Abbas adviser Hussein al-Sheikh, referring to Abbas by his paedonymic.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on August 9, 2018. (Wafa/Thaer Ghnaim)

Qatar is a key patron of Abbas’s Hamas rivals; Qatari envoys have occasionally brokered talks between Abbas’s Fatah movement and the terror group.

Abbas last visited Doha in late 2020 during the buildup to the planned Palestinian national elections. Abbas would later cancel the vote in April, a move widely seen as an attempt to avoid an embarrassing defeat by his rivals in Hamas and within his own Fatah movement.

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