Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to attend Shimon Peres Funeral

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed to attend Shimon Peres Funeral

Mahmoud Abbas

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Palestinian Authority President (PAP) Mahmoud Abbas has been granted permission to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres, it has been confirmed.

The request was made by the offices of the Palestinian Authority President to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), asking that Abbas be allowed to travel and take part in the service in Jerusalem. 

Permission was also requested for four high-ranking officials to accompany the president - Palestinian Authority General Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj, PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat, and Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh. 

On Wednesday, Abbas sent a condolence letter to the Peres family, which expressed his “sadness and sorrow” at the passing of the former Israeli statesman and praising him for making “unremitting efforts to reach a permanent peace since the Oslo Accords until his last moments.”