On 6 March Nasser al-Kidwa, veteran Palestinian diplomat, nephew of Yasser Arafat and contributor to The Price of Kings, was appointed by the Arab League to accompany the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on his trip to Syria.
The UN envoys were scheduled to visit President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus on 10 March.
However, last week it was announced that the Syrian President would not allow Mr. Al-Kidwa to enter the country. The Huffington Post reported that this action was taken by Syria “presumably to express its opposition to the Arab League's condemnation of Assad”.
The New York Sun reported that the decision by Assad’s government to block Nasser al-Kidwa’s entry to Syria could be based on “ a long history of rollercoaster relations between the Assads and the Arafats”.
Nasser al-Kidwa was a key contributor to The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafat, his personal testimony, particularly his description his Uncle’s reaction to the assassination of Yitzak Rabin, served as highly poignant contributions.