ASIA/HOLY LAND – Palestinian President Abbas calls Pope Francis on the eve of Biden’s trip to the Middle East – Agenzia Fides

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Ramallah (Agenzia Fides) - On the eve of US President Joe Biden's visit to Israel and Palestine, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas took the initiative to contact Pope Francis by telephone to wish the Pope good health and inform him about recent painful and intimidating events - including the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh - related to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The news was announced by the Palestinian agency Wafa, reporting that on Tuesday July 12, during the telephone conversation, the Palestinian leader also spoke with the Pope about the continuing tensions that have the Holy City as their epicenter, and include continuous threats to the status quo in the Haram al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount), the restrictions on access to Christian and Muslim Holy Places and the strategies pursued by groups linked to the settler movement to acquire real estate in occupied East Jerusalem, also through the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and properties. Pope Francis - reports the Palestinian news agency - thanked the President and recalled the urgency to restore peaceful coexistence in Jerusalem and throughout the Land of Jesus. Biden's visit to the Middle East begins today, Wednesday, July 13, with a stop in Israel. On the eve of the presidential trip, Washington confirmed the strategic relations that bind the US to the Jewish state. According to the Israeli press, the goal of Bidens trip to the Middle East is to renew US engagement in the region and to create a front between Arab countries and Israel to counter Irans regional and military strategies. International agencies report that during his visit the US President will also be able to be informed about Israel's advanced missile defense technology. After the stop in Israel, Biden will travel to Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Abbas and then move to Saudi Arabia. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 13/7/2022)

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