Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat addresses the media in the West Bank city of Ramallah, announcing that president Mahmud Abbas has called an "urgent" meeting of the Palestinian leadership to discuss the US stand. © Abbas Momani - AFP
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
Last updated: October 19, 2011

Palestinians call 'urgent' meeting after Obama speech

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called an "urgent" leadership meeting after US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy speech, a Palestinian official said Thursday.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the meeting would examine Obama's remarks, as he also called on Israel to "give peace the chance it deserves."

"President Abbas decided to call the Palestinian leadership to an urgent meeting as soon as possible and consult with the Arab brothers to discuss US President Barack Obama's speech," Erekat told reporters.

In a key speech at the State Department in Washington, Obama called for a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders but said a Palestinian bid for UN recognition of a unilateral proclamation of statehood would not work.

Erekat said the Palestinians remained committed to all previous agreements, "hoping that the Israeli government will do the same, to give the peace process the chance it deserves."

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