Palestinian Embassy misinformed on “Maimane – Abbas” meeting – DA
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has dismissed a statement released by the Palestinian Embassy stating that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was ever at any point scheduled to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas.
This follows after the Palestinian Embassy released a statement denying that the President of the Palestinian Authority was scheduled to meet with DA leader. The Embassy also said it learned of Maimane’s visit though the media, and that no appointments with Maimane were arranged in Ramallah.
DA Spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said the statement by the Embassy is “simply inaccurate and most unfortunate”.
“The DA understands that the Embassy had not been given a full briefing by their government, but we would have preferred for them to contact us, or indeed their own principals, before releasing a false public statement,” said van Damme.
“The DA had a confirmed meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mr Mahmoud Abbas, and had informed South Africa’s Embassy in Ramallah of the meeting, and had invited South Africa’s ambassador to join the meeting,” she added.
On Thursday Maimane left for Israel to: “learn about the conflict first hand and to discuss how South Africa should be playing a more constructive role in bringing the parties together for peace”.
Maimane’s move angered the African National Congress (ANC) as the party condemned his move and said he endorses the “oppressor” and also undermines the Constitution of his own country which promotes human rights.
Van Damme said while planning Maimane’s visit, they spoke with Abbas’s office directly and not with the Embassy.
“We did not inform the Palestinian Authority embassy in South Africa before our visit, we were not required to do so as South Africans do not require visas in order to visit the region. We communicated directly with the President’s office,” said van Damme
Van Damme then provided evidence of emails they have had with the president’s office. Below is the evidence given by the DA.