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Sunday , 20 August 2017
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Trump in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president

U.S. President Donald Trump will be meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday on the second leg of his first visit to the Middle East. He is accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.

Before leaving for Bethlehem onboard Air Force One, President Donald Trump and his wife visited the Western Wall Heritage Foundation in Jerusalem and were gifted a book of Psalms by Director General Mordechai Elias and the Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch.

Security will be tight for President Trump’s journey to Bethlehem, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem but located across Israel’s controversial separation wall. Trump is to meet Abbas at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, which holds deep significance as the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.

President Trump’s talks with his Palestinian counterpart is largely being seen as symbolic, but the two may discuss steps to take Palestinian-Israeli talks forward, reports the Express Tribune.

 

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