Abbas to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss PA financial crisis
Published Wednesday 11/07/2012 (updated) 15/07/2012 19:30
File photo of a January demonstration against the cost of living and
proposed tax increases in the West Bank. (MaanImages)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Saudi Arabia in the coming days to discuss the financial crisis faced by the Palestinian Authority, officials said Wednesday.
Abbas chose to visit Saudi Arabia because "it has always been supportive to the PA at all levels," PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo told the official PA radio station the Voice of Palestine.
He said the PA would send letters and official delegations to several Arab countries seeking aid to help end the PA’s financial crisis.
Trying to work out a prompt solution, the government will pay salaries to a portion of civil servants shortly, including lower grade employees, he added.
The government says large debts and donors failure to deliver aid has made it unable to pay June salaries yet. Salaries are usually paid before the 7th of the following month.