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April 17, 2012

PA’s Fayyad is no-show at scheduled meeting with Netanyahu

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attends a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the donor support group for the Palestine, at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 18, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Allison Joyce

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attends a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the donor support group for the Palestine, at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 18, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Allison Joyce

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad refused to attend a scheduled meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu met Tuesday in Jerusalem with two PA leaders—chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and security official Majed Faraj—according to reports.

Fayyad likely canceled his participation because he did not want to be seen meeting with Israeli officials on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, which honors Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, Palestinian officials told the Palestinian Maan news service. At least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners launched an open-ended hunger strike to protest prison conditions and administrative detention.

Fayyad was to have delivered a letter to Netanyahu from PA President Mahmoud Abbas laying out Palestinian conditions for restarting peace negotiations. It is not clear if Erekat delivered the letter.

Netanyahu has called for the restarting of peace talks without preconditions.

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