UN: No Request Submitted for Full Palestinian Membership

New York, MINA – The UN on Tuesday denied that Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas had discussed with its secretary-general or the president of the General Assembly about the State of Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the UN, or submitted a request in this regard.

This came in news conferences held at the UN headquarters in New York by Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for secretary-general Antonio Guterres, and Monica Grayley, the spokeswoman for the General Assembly president Maria Espinosa, PIC reported.

Dujarric told the journalists that the meeting that was held on Monday between Abbas and Guterres did not address the issue of the Palestinian request for full UN membership.

He explained that Abbas did not submit any documents related to the Palestinian bid during his meeting with the UN secretary-general.

For her part, Grayley told the reporters that Abbas discussed with Espinosa, during a one-hour meeting, his chairmanship of the Group of 77 bloc of developing countries at the UN and did not talk about any request for full Palestinian membership at the UN.(R/R04/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)