A visit by Iyad bin Amin Madani, Secretary-General the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, to the West Bank city of Ramallah, has been cancelled, a senior PLO official said.
PLO Executive Committee member, Ahmed Majdalani, said the visit, which was due to take place on Sunday, has been postponed indefinitely.
Madani was scheduled to arrive in Ramallah for a two-day visit to meet Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, and inaugurate the first office in the West Bank.
Iyad Madani, SG of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will visit Ramallah and pray at Aqsa Mosque next week, PA official announces.
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OIC representative in Palestine, Ahmed Ruwaidy told WAFA news agency that the postponement was due to emergency reasons. However, an informed source in Ramallah confirmed that Madani cancelled the visit after Israel rejected his and the Palestinian Authority’s demands regarding the procedures surrounding his visit.
The source further stated that this is the second visit by a senior Arab official that was cancelled, following that of Arab League Secretary-General, Nabil Elaraby, which was scheduled earlier this month.