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Palestine TV Station Opens Office in Damascus

Palestine TV Station Opens Office in Damascus

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 07:45
Damascus, London - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) officially opened its headquarters in Damascus on Monday in the presence of representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Fatah Movement.

The opening of the TV station’s office in the Syrian capital comes as part of a plan to open offices for the television station in various Arab countries.

PA Ambassador to Damascus Mahmoud al-Khalidi described the launching of the office as "a great day in the history of the Palestinian struggle."

The TV station has already opened offices in Beirut, Cairo and Tunis, yet the opening in Damascus bears particular significance as the conflict continues in this country since 2011.

"The opening of Palestine TV station’s office in Damascus differs from the openings in other countries," said PLO member Wasel Abu Yousef.

The opening ceremony was attended by Fatah leaders, including Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the movement's central committee.

On the other hand, Qatar's foreign minister ruled out the possibility of normalizing relations with Syria, stressing that the Syrian regime has committed war crimes,

"Normalization (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalization of a person involved in war crimes, and this should not be acceptable," said Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at a Doha press conference.

He added that Damascus under Assad should not be allowed back into the Arab League as its membership was suspended in 2011.

Syria's opposition Leader Nasr al-Hariri has pleaded with Arab leaders not to rebuild relation with Assad, expressing disappointment amid efforts to reintegrate Damascus into the Arab world.

The Arab League, for its part, announced that it does not intend to invite Damascus to attend Beirut’s summit and that its return depends on Arab consensus.

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