December 13, 2011 - 1:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday, an aide to Abbas said Tuesday.

The talks between Abbas and Ashton will mainly focus on efforts to revive stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and the Palestinian quest to obtain membership in the United Nations bodies, said Abbas's adviser Majdi al-Khaldi.

The meeting between Abbas and Ashton will take place when Abbas arrives in Belgium Wednesday, where he will also meet European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

Abbas will head for Belgium from France, where he raised Tuesday Palestinian flag above the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris.

The UNESCO accepted Palestine as a full member in October despite strong opposition from the United States. The Palestinians considered this a symbolic victory after they failed to obtain a membership for Palestine as a state through the UN Security Council.

Washington says Palestinians should not take unilateral measures to promote for their statehood before they reach an agreement with Israel through negotiations.


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