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Message from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, following the passing away of Dr. Saeb Erekat.

It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the passing away of Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the PLO and Chief Palestinian negotiator. His name is associated with three decades of negotiations with Israel, from Madrid, to Oslo, Washington, Camp David, Jerusalem. Dr. Erekat dedicated his life to achieving a just peace, with commitment, loyalty and determination. Dr. Erekat once said that “achieving peace was his destiny”. Others will now have the task of following his example, of resuming his work, as soon as possible”.