Delegation to the Vatican to Discuss Agreement with Israel
RAMALLAH, June 16, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas instructed a
ranking Palestinian delegation to travel to the Vatican to discuss reports
about a projected Vatican-Israeli agreement that may also include Catholic
Church property in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a statement issued
Saturday by Abbas’ office.
Senior Palestinian officials met with the Apostolic delegate in Jerusalem to
discuss this issue and it was decided after the meeting that a ranking
delegation, headed by the prime minister, the foreign minister and chief
negotiator in the PLO, along with other senior officials, will travel to the
Vatican to get clarification about the projected agreement.
The purpose of the visit “is to make sure that the position of the Vatican
was and remains supportive of the inalienable Palestinian rights,
particularly that which has to do with the 1967 Israeli occupation of the
Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and to confirm assurances
by the Apostolic delegate that the agreement, which will be signed with
Israel, will not include Catholic Church property or any affiliate
organization in East Jerusalem,” said the statement.