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Arafat Reported Ready to Meet Israeli Mks, Advocate National Rights of Israel and Palestinians

PLO chief Yasir Arafat is ready to meet, at the earliest possible date in any European country to be agreed upon, with a group of Israeli MKs, according to Labor Knesset member Abdel Wahab Darousha, quoted in Davar Sunday.

Darousha has just returned from the U.S., where he attended a meeting of Arab Americans, with MK Ran Cohen of the Citizens Rights Movement.

Davar quoted Darousha as saying that following such a meeting, which would deal with ways to advance the peace process, Arafat would be ready to issue a joint communique advocating the national rights of both nations.

Darousha said that Arafat’s readiness for such a meeting was conveyed to him in Washington by a senior Arab personage who is very close to the PLO leader and who was authorized to do so.

Darousha termed the Arafat proposal “an historic breakthrough” and said he would be ready to take part in the meeting.

In the course of the conference of Arab Americans, Darousha met with a Saudi Deputy Minister, Abdul Rahman Al Kamal, who expressed support for an international conference as the means to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Al Hamishmar quoted the East Jerusalem Arabic daily Al Quds Sunday as reporting that the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Robert Strauss, invited the PLO representative in Turkey to official receptions at the U.S. Embassy twice within the past month.