Palestine: Abbas snap visit to Riyadh sparks questions at home

President Mahmoud Abbas made Monday unplanned trip to Riyadh leading Palestinians to wonder if their leader is also resigning from office few days after Lebanese former Prime Minister Saad Hariri surprisingly announced his resignation from the Saudi capital.
The President of the Palestinian Authority flew to Riyadh from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai following a meeting with Egyptian President Al-Sisi.
Abbas is set to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman in the wake of wave of arrests in the Kingdom and few days after Saad Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister announced in a speech on a Saudi official media that he was stepping down as country’s Premier.
Abbas’s visit reported by some media as a summons led to reactions of on social media with several Palestinians wondering whether Abbas would hand over his resignation too.
Others wondered in which hotel he will be locked up in reference to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where 11 princes and 38 top officials and businessmen were detained after their arrest over the week-end.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have backed last month reconciliation deal between Abbas’s Fatah and the Gaza movement of Hamas backed by Iran.

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