DA spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme said the party had dealt directly with the office of President Mahmoud Abbas in setting up a meeting between him and Maimane.
1. The statement released today by the Embassy of the Palestinian Authority & hurriedly echoed by the ANC is simply inaccurate & unfortunate— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 16, 2017
"The DA had a confirmed meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mr Mahmoud Abbas, and had informed South Africa’s Embassy in Ramallah of the meeting, and had invited South Africa’s ambassador to join the meeting. This is incontrovertible," she said.