Top Palestinian Erekat contracts coronavirus
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Long-time chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, one of the most prominent Palestinian leaders on the world stage, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a statement said Thursday.
A statement on Twitter from the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee said Erekat “has been infected with COVID-19.”
The PLO “wishes him a speedy recovery,” it added.
The 65-year-old has been a key figure in Palestinian politics for decades, often serving as a main interlocutor for foreign envoys and the international media.
He has consistently voiced support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Jerusalem-born Erekat serves as the PLO’s secretary general and remains a stalwart presence in the inner circle of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
The occupied West Bank has recorded more than 39,500 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 335 deaths. (AFP)