Abbas said: "I tell my people that we have achieved great progress on the way to forming a national unity government that can end the siege and open the horizons for political solutions that will end the occupation forever.
"I expect, God willing, that this government will see the light of day before the end of this month."
Palestinians are remembering Arafat's life two years after his death in a A "massive" crowd gathered in front of Arafat's resting place, an Al Jazeera correspondent said. Building the tomb has not yet finished for technical and financial reasons, our correspondent added.
A "massive" crowd gathered in front of Arafat's resting place, an Al Jazeera correspondent said.
Building the tomb has not yet finished for technical and financial reasons, our correspondent added.
Leading Palestinian figures laid wreaths at Arafat's grave, which Palestinians want moved to east
Palestinian newspapers plastered Arafat's photos on their front pages Saturday, with the Al-Quds daily proclaiming "How much we miss you Abu Ammar", Arafat's other name.
Abbas, Haniya and other speakers also touched on suspicions that continue to surround Arafat's death. Theories persist that Arafat was poisoned.
Abbas said an investigation into Arafat's death was continuing.
He said: "I repeat here my call for all those doctors involved in the matter to fully cooperate with [investigators] so that our people and the whole world can know the truth of what happened to Abu Ammar."
Arafat is seen as embodying the continued Palestinian struggle for statehood.
But two years on, Palestinians' daily lives have grown more desperate.
In the run up to the anniversary, nearly a hundred Palestinians were killed in a week of Israeli army operations, mainly in the Gaza Strip.
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