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  5/25/2014, Iyar 25, 5774

Abbas to Pope: We Welcome any Initiative for Peace


Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a welcome ceremony in honor of Pope Francis’s arrival to Bethlehem. Abbas expressed his concern over the suspension of talks with Israel and simultaneously expressed hope for peace.

Abbas said, “We welcome the Pope’s initiative to bring peace to the holy land…I call to our Israeli neighbors: We are searching for the same things as you are- safety, security and stability.”