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Abbas to visit UK, France

Sept. 8, 2013 9:52 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2013 9:19 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Britain on Sunday to kick-off a European tour which will include a stop in France.

Abbas is expected to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague.

"As the Foreign Secretary has repeatedly said, there is no more urgent UK foreign policy priority than resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and 2013 is a crucial year for progress," the British Consulate in Jerusalem said in a statement.

While in London, Abbas will also meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the peace process.

On Thursday, he is expected to visit Paris to meet with France president Francois Hollande.

The president will be accompanied by his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, his diplomatic consultant Majdi al-Khaldi, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Shtayyeh.

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