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Abbas sends envoy to speak at ceremony marking 4th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president's envoy participated in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Chavez"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participated as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ envoy in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Venezuelan leader [former President] Hugo Chavez at his tomb at the Cuartel de la Montaña fort in the capital of Caracas…
Ismail, in the speech of the State of Palestine, the guest of honor, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the Palestinian people and its leadership for Venezuela's historical support of the Palestinian cause and for its courageous and noble positions to raise the voice of the just Palestinian cause in all of the international circles. This is the basic and ethical policy in which the late Chavez believed, and which was expressed by the support for the causes and struggle of oppressed peoples throughout the world, and primarily the Palestinian cause. He added that the people of Venezuela bears the flag and idea of Chavez and continues in his path, and that the global imperialism did not prevent Venezuela from defending the Palestinian cause and the causes of the oppressed peoples for their dignity and self-determination."


The article includes a picture showing PA President Mahmoud Abbas' envoy PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participating in the ceremony to mark the fourth anniversary of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death at his tomb.

Caption under picture:
"The [PA] president's envoy during his participation in marking the anniversary of Chavez[‘s death]"
Abbas sends greetings to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president received additional greeting telegrams for the new year”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas blessed Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir for the independence day celebrations of his homeland. In the telegram the president expressed his appreciation for the strong relations of comradeship that unite the two peoples and lands, and his pride in the positions of Sudan that support the rights of our people and its struggle for the end of the occupation of our land and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

Omar Al-Bashir - Sudanese President who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Al-Bashir oversaw the fighting against several armed groups from 2003 to 2008 in Darfur, in which he is accused of targeting members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups in a conflict that left roughly 300,000 killed and around three million displaced according to UN estimates. The ICC issued two warrants against him on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, but he has remained at large and in control of Sudan. The ICC charged Al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape; two counts of war crimes – intentionally attacking civilians, pillaging; and three counts of genocide – killing members of targeted ethnic groups, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, and inflicting conditions on them to cause physical destruction. Al-Bashir has been the target of international sanctions from world nations including the US. (Source: https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir)
Abbas sends letter of condolences to Iranian president over death of former leader 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president sent a telegram of condolences over the death of Rafsanjani"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] sent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a telegram of condolences over the death [on Jan. 8, 2017,] of former President of Iran and head of the Iranian council to protect the interests of the regime (i.e., the Expediency Discernment Council) Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,.
The president said: Rafsanjani died after 'a life full of activity dedicated to the loftiness of his homeland, the honor of his people, and defense of his nation's causes, and primarily the Palestinian cause.' The president conveyed on his own behalf and on behalf of Palestine his sincere condolences to Rouhani, his government, his people, and the family of the deceased, and asked that Allah let him dwell in Paradise."
Abbas lays cornerstone of the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology in the Ramallah district 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Health Ministry: Development in the hospitals, and 2017 will be witness to quality changes”
     “The Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology: [PA] Minister of Health [Dr. Jawad Awwad] said that four floors have been built at the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology, and emphasized that in the coming months the construction process will be completed…
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas last March [2016] laid the cornerstone of the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology in the village of Turmus Ayya, in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district.”
Abbas rep attends Fidel Castro's funeral, expresses "great admiration [for] the brave and noble positions that the late leader took" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: “As an envoy of the [PA] president: Rafat leaves for Havana to take part in the funeral ceremony of Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent PLO Executive Committee member and Deputy Secretary-General of [the Palestinian Democratic Union party] FIDA Saleh Rafat to take part in the funeral ceremony of the leader and international fighter, leader of Cuba Fidel Castro, today (Tuesday) [Nov. 29, 2016] in Havana, the capital of Cuba.
Rafat said that the death of Castro is a loss not only for our friends the Cuban people, but also for the Palestinian people and for all of the free peoples and people of honor in the entire world. He noted that our people will always remember with great respect and great admiration the brave and noble positions that the late leader took in favor of the struggle [of the Palestinian people] for freedom, independence, and return.
He added that out of loyalty to the spirit of Comrade Castro and in order to follow the same path that he followed until his death, the Palestinian leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to preserve the ties of friendship and cooperation between Palestine and Cuba.”
Abbas orders flags to be flown at half-mast as sign of mourning over Fidel Castro's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2016
Headline: “The lowering of the flags to half-mast was ordered as a sign of mourning over the death of Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 27, 2016] ordered the lowering of the flags to half-mast as a sign of mourning over the death of the historic leader, former President of Cuba Fidel Castro.”
Abbas sends condolences on Fidel Castro's death: He fought for "the causes of right and justice in the world" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2016
Taken from WAFA's English website:
Headline:
“Abbas sends condolences for Cuba’s Fidel Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday [Nov. 26, 2016] sent Cuban President Raoul Castro his condolences for the death of Fidel Castro describing the late Cuban leader as a person ‘who spent his life fighting for the causes of his country and people and the causes of right and justice in the world.’
Abbas described the Cuban people as ‘friends’ of the Palestinian people.
Cuba was the only Latin American country that voted against the United Nations partition of Palestine resolution in 1947. It was a strong supporter of the Palestinian struggle for independence from Israel and for its revolution.
Fidel Castro announced severance of ties with Israel on September 9, 1973 during the fourth Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Algiers and recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization.”
Abbas expresses ”absolute solidarity” with Sudan, calls Sudanese president charged with crimes against humanity ”honorable” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2016

Headline: “In Khartoum for an official three-day visit – [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: We express solidarity with sister [nation] Sudan in light of the unjust sanctions”

Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at a joint press conference with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan.

“At this opportunity, we express absolute solidarity with sister [nation] Sudan in light of the unjust economic sanctions, which target the awaited economic growth. We emphasize here our fixed position, that supports the Sudanese people and the government of Sudan, and we oppose the selective approach against honorable President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, who was elected by his people.”

Omar Al-Bashir - Sudanese President who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Al-Bashir oversaw the fighting against several armed groups from 2003 to 2008 in Darfur, in which he is accused of targeting members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups in a conflict that left roughly 300,000 killed and around three million displaced according to UN estimates. The ICC issued two warrants against him on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, but he has remained at large and in control of Sudan. The ICC charged Al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape; two counts of war crimes – intentionally attacking civilians, pillaging; and three counts of genocide – killing members of targeted ethnic groups, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, and inflicting conditions on them to cause physical destruction. Al-Bashir has been the target of international sanctions from world nation
Abbas expresses "absolute solidarity" with Sudan and President Omar Al-Bashir in the face of "unjust economic sanctions" 
Source: Official YouTube channel of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, July 20, 2016
Video on the official YouTube channel of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas showing his speech on July 19, 2016 at a joint press conference with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashar in Khartoum, Sudan
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “At this opportunity, we express absolute solidarity with sister [nation] Sudan in light of the unjust economic sanctions, which target the awaited economic growth. We emphasize here our permanent position, that supports the Sudanese people and the government of Sudan, and we oppose the selective approach against honorable President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, who was elected by his people.”

Omar Al-Bashir - Sudanese President who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Al-Bashir oversaw the fighting against several armed groups from 2003 to 2008 in Darfur, in which he is accused of targeting members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups in a conflict that left roughly 300,000 killed and around three million displaced according to UN estimates. The ICC issued two warrants against him on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, but he has remained at large and in control of Sudan. The ICC charged Al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape; two counts of war crimes – intentionally attacking civilians, pillaging; and three counts of genocide – killing members of targeted ethnic groups, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, and inflicting conditions on them to cause physical destruction. Al-Bashir has been the target of international sanctions from world nations including the US. (Source: https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir)
Abbas congratulates North Korea on successful conference, appreciates North Korean support of Palestinian struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2016
     “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] congratulated Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (i.e., North Korea), and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, on the success of the seventh General Conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea. In his telegram, the president expressed his appreciation of the important pioneering role of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which has historical relations with the Fatah movement in the area of struggle, and a long history of support of the peoples’ struggle for liberation, first and foremost support of our [Palestinian] people in its struggle for its freedom and the establishment of its independent state on its national land. The president emphasized that he is taking care to continue the cooperation in order to strengthen the historic friendship ties between the two states and two peoples and develop them for the benefit of both sides.”
PA presidency objects to Iranian money for prisoners – all prisoners` funds required to go through the PLO 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: We know nothing about Iranian money that will be paid to prisoners or those whose homes were demolished by the occupation”
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016]: ‘We do not know anything about Iranian money that will be paid to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons or to those whose homes (i.e., homes of terrorists) were demolished by the occupation forces, and we were not informed about this matter.’
Abu Rudeina continued: ‘The Palestinian presidency objects to any attempt to bypass it in this matter. Likewise, it insists that the PLO is the legal representative and the Palestinian people’s main and sole address, and that the organization did not take long in providing assistance and alleviating our people’s suffering, despite its limited capabilities, and objects to trading in this suffering.”
Abbas congratulates Iranian president on anniversary of the Iranian revolution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas] congratulates his Iranian counterpart on the occasion of the national holiday”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, on the occasion of the national holiday (i.e., the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Feb. 11) in his country.
The president said in a telegram: ‘It is our pleasure to convey to you, and through you to the government of Iran and the Iranian people, in the name of the State of Palestine, the Palestinian people and myself, our most sincere congratulations on the occasion of your national holiday. We wish you, your people, and your country permanent stability and prosperity.’”
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Abbas says relations with Iran "hasn't been good" so visit to Iran meant to improve diplomatic relations 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2015
     “Regarding the visit to Iran, President [Mahmoud] Abbas said: ‘There will be a visit to Tehran, but no date has been set, and an official date for this visit hasn’t been coordinated with the Iranian side.’ He added that ‘Iran is a neighboring state and a sister. Our relationship hasn’t been good, but we have an embassy in Tehran, which means they recognize us.’ He noted that one of the members of the [PLO] Executive Committee proposed a visit [of Abbas] to Iran, and that Tehran welcomed this visit, mentioning the bilateral relations and its interest in normalized relations between the two states, especially after the nuclear agreement between Iran and the countries of the world has been achieved.”
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Abbas sends good wishes to Kim Jong-un and “expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship” between North Korea and the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2015
Headline: “The President [Abbas] greets the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan in honor of Independence Day…”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas greeted First Secretary of the Workers' Party of [North] Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, Marshal Kim Jong-un in honor of Liberation Day [of North Korea]. In his telegram, the President wished leader Kim Jong-un an abundance of health and happiness, and progress and prosperity for his nation. In addition, he expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship and mutual respect between our countries.
The President emphasized our constant striving to develop and strengthen these ties, and our great appreciation of the stances of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which consistently demonstrates solidarity and supports the rights of the Palestinian people and its struggle for freedom, independence and the establishment of its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
PA daily: Abbas refused to not form government with Hamas when asked by the Americans 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2015
Headline: “Azzam Al-Ahmad, in charge of the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation: Hamas does not want to end the rift”
From an interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad, who is in charge of the reconciliation with Hamas, to the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida 
     “Three days after we received the Egyptian document (i.e., the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, under Egyptian patronage), US Senator George Mitchell phoned. This was at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2009. He started speaking in a most honorable, polite manner. I remember he began by saying: ‘Mr. President, [US] President Obama and the US government respect you, and we request that you not send a representative on your behalf to Cairo to sign the document.’ Later, Mitchel shifted to a threatening language and said: ‘We, the government, cannot control Congress, which threatens to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority if you sign the document with Hamas.’
President Mahmoud Abbas responded immediately: ‘Mr. Mitchel, the unity of our people means more than the satisfaction of Congress, and all the money in the world.’”
Abbas representative visits Sudan and gives greetings from Abbas to Sudanese president 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 27, 2014
     “The Fatah delegation that left for Sudan last Thursday to participate in the fourth conference of the Sudanese National Congress [party], concluded its visit today. The delegation was led by Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Dhiab Ayyush. Samir Abd Al-Jabbar, ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sudan, was also present at the conference. Last Thursday [Oct. 23, 2014], the Sudanese National Congress party held its fourth conference, attended by thousands of party members and officials and headed by the party chairman, President Omar Al-Bashir… The conference opened with a speech by [the representative of] Palestine, which was given the honor of being the first to speak. In his speech, Abbas Zaki addressed those present and the participating guests. He greeted the Sudanese leadership and people, and delivered the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to President Omar Bashir.”
Abbas sends congratulatory telegram to Kim Jong-un 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory telegram to Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, on the anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Workers’ Party, which took place yesterday [Oct. 10, 2014].
In his telegram, President [Abbas] expressed hope that by this time next year, the fraternal Korean nation will have realized its goals and expectations for progress and prosperity. In addition, the President praised the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its support of the Palestinian people, and for its support, in all [international] forums, of our people’s firm right to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital - a state that lives in security and peace and [maintains] good relations with all its neighbors. In addition, he expressed hope that the historic relations of solidarity between Palestine and the Democratic People’s [Republic of] Korea, as well as between their two peoples, would continue to grow and develop.”
From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency
Abbas bestows Star of Palestine medal on Hugo Chavez 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2014
Headline: “The President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] bestowed the Star of Palestine on ‎the late Chavez and exchanged ‎decorations with his Venezuelan ‎counterpart”‎
‎     “The visit made by President of the State of ‎Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to Caracas ‎yesterday [May 17, 2014], culminated in the ‎signing of two cooperation agreements ‎with Venezuela…‎
In addition, the President awarded the ‎Bolivar leader Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias a ‎Star of Palestine decoration of the highest ‎order in appreciation of his efforts for the ‎Palestinian cause.‎
The decoration was received by the ‎daughter of the deceased, Rosa Maria, at a ‎ceremony held at the Museum of the ‎Revolution, in the presence of the Vice ‎President of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, ‎Fatah Central Committee member Saeb ‎Erekat, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs ‎Riyad Al-Malki, ‎Diplomatic Advisor to the President Majdi ‎Al-Khaledi, Palestinian Ambassador to ‎Venezuela Linda Sobh, members of the ‎Palestinian community and several senior ‎Venezuelan officials.‎
The order for the bestowing of the medal ‎on the deceased President Chavez stated ‎that the medal was being given ‘in ‎recognition of his principled and firm ‎positions in garnering regional and ‎international support to help the ‎Palestinian people achieve their legal ‎rights to freedom and independence, and ‎in appreciation of his efforts, his humanity, ‎his extensive influence and his struggle to ‎support oppressed peoples in all parts of ‎the world.’‎
In addition, President Abbas laid a wreath ‎of flowers on Chavez’s grave.”‎

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PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Abbas sends “heartfelt best wishes” to North Korean ruler 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his counterpart, Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, Supreme Commander of the [North] Korean People's Army, on the founding day of the Republic [of North Korea].
In his telegram, the President [Abbas] expressed his most heartfelt wishes to Marshal Kim Jong-un, to his esteemed government and to his friendly nation. He expressed our gratitude and appreciation of the Democratic Republic of Korea’s strong stand, its principled solidarity with our people and with its just struggle for freedom and for establishing its independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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