Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s office has requested from Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai that he be able to participate in Shimon Peres’s funeral, along with three other PA officials.
The officials will include PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Chief of General Intelligence Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj, and Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Abbas sent his condolences to Peres’s family, describing him as a partner in peace, together with Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He also noted the efforts Peres invested in forging a sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority since the signing of the Oslo Accords until the final moments of his life.
After the Egyptian government failed to confirm whether a representative would participate in the funeral procession, it was indicated Thursday afternoon that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry may represent indeed attend.
Until now, there has been a back-and-forth between Egypt and Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on the matter and as of yet, there is still no official confirmation regarding Shoukry arriving in Israel.
According to Arabic-language Sky News, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will not be attending Peres’ funeral.
While Egypt continues in its deliberations over whether to send a high-ranking official, a Jordanian official has stated that neither Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, nor any of the ministers in his government for that matter, will be attending Peres’s funeral.