National Press Club to Host “NEWSMAKER” Media Briefing with Palestinian Ambassador to U.S. to Discuss UN efforts, Mideast Peace Prospects
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker at noon Tuesday, Dec. 6. He plans to discuss Palestinian efforts at the United Nations, recent reconciliation talks between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process under the current climate. The Newsmaker takes place in the club’s Zenger Room in the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Areikat served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its deputy head and coordinator-general (2008-2009). Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), and served as its director-general until March 2008. In addition to overseeing NAD’s day-to-day operations, Mr. Areikat was responsible for overseeing the work of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which provides legal, policy, communication and technical support to Palestinian Negotiating Teams and to the Palestinian Leadership. Prior to his service at NAD, Chief Representative Areikat spent six years at Orient House (1993-1998), the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team to the Madrid peace talks.
SOURCE National Press Club