Sadaka Visiting Speaker programme
Dr. Nabil Shaath
Dr. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian negotiator, was hosted by Sadaka in July 2011 to lobby support for UN membership for a Palestinian state. Dr. Nabil Shaath is Commissioner of International Relations with Fatah and is a senior PLO and Palestinian Authority negotiator. He has been a member of the Central Committee of Fatah since 1989. Today, he is Head of the Political Committee of its General Congress and editor of its Political Programme. From 1995 to 2005, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Planning and International Co-operation, Minister of Information and from 2005 to 2006, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Prime Minister.
Dr. Shaath headed the first PLO delegation to the UN and accompanied President Yasser Arafat during his famous 1974 speech at the UN General Assembly. Between 1992 and 1995, Dr. Shaath was the PLO's Chief Negotiator with Israel, before being appointed to Palestinian Authority ministerial roles in Foreign Affairs, Planning and International Co-operation. Between 2005 to 2006, he was also Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Prime Minister. He received his doctorate in Economics and Management Science and LL.D Law (Honores Causa) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965 and 1998, respectively. He has held the positions of Assistant Professor, Dean and visiting Professor in the American University of Beirut, University of Alexandria and American University of Cairo. His itinerary included a public meeting held in Liberty Hall, chaired by Prionsias de Rossa, and numerous media interviews.
Dr. Nabil Shaath meeting the Irish Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore.
Dr. Nabil Shaath with Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fáil, (the main opposition party) and former Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Nabil Shaath and Mr. Gerry Adams TD, President of Sinn Fein, the second largest opposition party.
The former Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr. Nabil Shaath, shaking hands with Pat Breen TD, Fine Gael (the largest Government party), the Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Itinerary Monday 11 July 2011
Irish Times interview
Meetings with Proinsais De Rossa, MEP and Nessa Childers, MEP
Meeting with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD (Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister)
Itinerary Tuesday 12 July 2011
Meeting with Members of the Labour Party
Meeting with Micheál Martin, Leader of Fianna Fáil, and Seán O'FearghaÍl, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs.
Meeting with the Technical Group (TD's)
Presentation: 'Palestine: the 193rd State?: The Case for UN Recognition’. Dublin City University
Round Table Discussion with Trade Union and NGO Leaders.
Itinerary Wednesday 13 July 2011
Interview on Morning Ireland, RTE 1
Meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD and senior officials in the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Meeting with Pat Breen, Chair of Joint Oireachtas (Parliamentary) Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Meeting with Gerry Adams TD, President of Sinn Fein, Pádraic Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, and Aengus O’Snodaigh, Sinn Fein
Open meeting with TDs and members of Seanad Eireann.
Meeting with members of the Palestinian community.