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Palestinian Embassy to be opened in Vatican city for the first time

Friday, January 13, 2017 7:49
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Palestinian Embassy to be opened in Vatican city for the first time
Jan. 12, 2017 10:30 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2017 2:39 P.M.)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The inauguration of the first Palestinian Embassy in
the Vatican city will take place on Saturday January 14, and will be
attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis, according
to a statement from a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization

According to the statement, Abbas’ tour began on Wednesday and will conclude
on either Sunday or Monday. In addition to meeting with the Pope for the
embassy’s inauguration on Friday, Abbas will also meet with Italian Prime
Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and travel to Paris to meet with French President
Francois Hollande.

According to the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki,
Abbas will discuss in his meetings the risks of the US government’s
intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, “hoping that the Pope will
participate in sending a strong message” President-elect Trump.


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