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Palestinian Leader and Negotiator Saeb Erekat Dies of COVID-19, Aged 65

November 10, 2020
The world mourns the loss of Palestinian leader and peace negotiator Saeb Erekat, who lost his life to COVID-19 at the age of 65. Photo: Reuters

Leading Palestinian peace negotiator and proponent of the two-state solution Saeb Erekat lost his life to COVID-19 on the 10th of November at the age of 65. Along with the rest of the world, Egypt is mourning the death of Erakat who had become one of the symbols of the new generation fighting for the Palestinian cause. Egyptian Minster of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry extended his condolences to Erekat’s family, the Palestinian leadership, as well as the people of Palestine in an official statement. “The Palestinian cause and the entire Arab World have lost a steadfast patriot who had a clear and legitimate case and goals. Erekat has devoted his life to defending [the cause] through all diplomatic and negotiated means in order to restore the rights of the Palestinian people in spite of the obstacles the Palestinian cause has faced over the past decades,” the statement reads. Palestinian National Authority President, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the leader of its most powerful faction, Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas was also among those who publicly expressed their sorrow and sympathies over the death of Erekat who was also a member of the…

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