Britain's Prince William visits Palestinian refugee camp, meet Abbas

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 - 03:24 GMT

Britain's Prince William leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain's Prince William leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

JALAZONE CAMP - 27 June 2018: Britain’s Prince William visited a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday after voicing his hopes for Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

William, on the first official British royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, was touring a U.N.-run health clinic in the Jalazone camp near the city of Ramallah.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also welcomed Britain’s Prince William to Palestine and affirmed his full commitment to achieving a just and lasting peace with Israel.

He said that the Palestinian side is serious in reaching peace with Israel so that the two states can live in peace and security on the June 4, 1967 borders, WAFA News Agency reported on Wednesday.

“We want to reach peace through negotiations. This is our position which has not changed in a long time,” President Abbas told the Duke of Cambridge, who is on his first ever official royal visit to Palestine, during their meeting at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Abbas welcomed the prince’s first visit to Palestine, expressing hope it will not be the last. "I hope this will not be the last visit...and that your next visit will be in the state of Palestine when we have our full independence.”

Abbas said that Prince William’s visit will deepen and strengthen the friendly ties between both the Palestinian and British people, adding that: "We are always in need of the support of the British people for our just Palestinian cause,” he said.

Abbas mentioned the recent financial aid provided by the British government to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), saying it was an important gesture in such circumstances.

He further reiterated the Palestinian side’s commitment to fighting terrorism in all its forms; whether domestically, regionally and internationally.

William thanked President Abbas for his warm reception and expressed his hopes for peace for the region.

"My sentiments are the same as yours in hoping that there is a lasting peace in the region,” said the Royal Prince.
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Prince William with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - Reuters

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