Abbas meets Tunisian president, Islamist leader

Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, shakes hand with
President Mahmoud Abbas in Tunis Nov. 11, 2011.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas met Thursday with Tunisia’s interim president as well as the leader of the Islamist party Ennahda in Tunis, reporters said.

Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda party, met with Abbas in the Tunisian capital.

Abbas’ three-day trip to Tunisia is his second since the country’s uprising in December but first since the Ennahda party won a plurality of votes in Tunisia’s first democratic election.

Also Friday, Abbas participated in a ceremony after exchanging greetings with the interim president, Fouad Mebazza, while their national anthems played, reporters said Friday.

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi greeted President Mahmoud Abbas as he arrived at the airport in Tunis a day earlier as part of the official visit, reporters said.

( / 11.11.2011)

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