Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Palestinian prime minister suffers a heart attack during a visit to U.S.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad, is on Tuesday in "good condition" after suffering a heart attack during a visit to the United States, said Tuesday the medical center in Houston (Texas) where he has been treated. A spokeswoman for Seton Medical Center, Adrienne Lallo, told reporters that "the condition of Mr.

Fayad is good," the diplomat after suffering a heart attack Sunday while attending the graduation of his son in college in Austin. Medical authorities had indicated earlier that Fayyad could be discharged in a couple of days. The Palestinian prime minister underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure that involves passing a thin flexible tube into the right or left heart.

Fayad's political future has been undermined by an agreement reached between the Palestinian faction Fatah in the West Bank and the Islamist faction of the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. However, Fayad has international support as they resumed efforts to revive peace negotiations for the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting Washington, Fayad sent a message that wished him a speedy recovery, said in a statement his office. Netanyahu will give an address before both houses of Congress on the peace process in the Middle East, which will end a five-day visit to Washington.

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