With a week to go before the expected return of the temporary assembly, Sinn Féin has announced that Gerry Adams is to embark on a rather grandly titled “peace mission to Middle East” [btw, I wouldn’t mention Martin’s trip to Sri Lanka – Ed].. where [assuming the Israeli Government let him in – Ed] he expects to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and members of the Palestine Legislative Council, including Hamas – currently designated a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US, who are, reportedly, not impressed. Of course, SF has been in contact with organisations in the Middle East for some time, notably through their former director of international affairs, Denis Donaldson, who, as mentioned here, used those contacts in efforts to secure the release of Beirut-held hostage Brian Keenan.
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