Abbas meets with Norwegian premier and foreign minister

Other News Materials 24 February 2009 19:59 (UTC +04:00)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks Tuesday with Norwegian officials, focusing on the humanitarian plight in Gaza and prospects for peace, dpa reported.

Abbas, currently touring several European capitals, met Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

The Palestinian Authority leader told reporters that he supported a national unity government between Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and his own Fatah party.

Stoltenberg said that Norway's main "concern now is the humanitarian situation in Gaza. There is a desperate need for food, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid."

The Norwegian premier also called for Palestinian reconciliation, and said he hoped the international community would remain involved.

Abbas who Monday held talks in Prague with Czech President Vaclav Klaus was Wednesday due to meet the Swedish government.