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  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a ceremony marking the 54th anniversary of Fatah's founding, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a ceremony marking the 54th anniversary of Fatah's founding, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 January 2019

According to Prensa Latina, it's expected that Abbas will be sworn-in as leader of the G77 Group, the largest block of developing countries in the United Nations.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold a meeting with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, as part of a visit made by the Arab leader to the headquarters of the multilateral organization.

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According to Prensa Latina, it's expected that Abbas will be sworn-in as leader of the G77 Group, the largest block of developing countries in the United Nations.

The G77 Group is a coalition of 134 developing countries designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations, according to its official web page. Because China participates in the G77 but isn't an official member, the official name of the organization is The Group of 77 and China.

In October 2018, the General Assembly held a vote and decided, by overwhelming majority, to temporarily grant rights and privileges to Palestine - a UN observer State - so that it can officially oversee the Group of 77 and China. 

Speaking to the Egyptian press, Abbas said, "We will continue to advance and achieve, one after the other, and the fact that Palestine assumes the leadership of that group means we will strengthen my country's position in the international arena."

This groundbreaking achievement for Palestine means they'll be able to co-sponsor proposals and amendments, as well as formulate declarations and raise procedural motions. 

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