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Olmert to Join Abbas in US Press Conference Next Week, Palestinian Envoy Says



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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former prime minister Ehud Olmert will meet in New York City next Tuesday and participate in a joint press conference, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, confirmed on Thursday.
Channel 12 first reported that the PA president and the former premier, who served 16 months in prison for bribery convictions in 2016 and 2017, would hold a joint press conference.
The channel also reported that Olmert was expected “to express his opposition” to the US administration’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reiterate that he and Abbas nearly concluded a peace deal before he left office in 2009 amid corruption allegations.
Olmert declined to confirm whether he intended to participate in a press conference with Abbas.
“I am not giving interviews or responding to questions,” he said in a text message.
Mansour told The Times of Israel that additional details regarding the press conference would be announced in the coming days.
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