Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator, dies at 65 after contracting COVID-19

Dr. Saeb Erekat, a long-time Palestinian cheif negotiator and senior PLO leader, died Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus last month. He was 65 years old.

He had been receiving treatment at Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem since his medical condition deteriorated in mid-October. He received a lung transplant in 2017.

The 65-year-old diplomat has been a leading Palestinian politician in peace negotiations with 'Israel' since they started in the 1990s.

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In 1991, he was deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid conference, and in sibsequent talks in Washington in 1992 and 1993.

He was also a participant in the 1993 Oslo Accords and three years later became the chief Palestinian negotiator in 'peace talks' with Israel.

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