Abbas due to visit Athens next month


Greece and the Palestinian Authority are to form a joint ministerial committee aimed at strengthening their relationship, it was announced Thursday.

The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, revealed the initiative after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Ramallah. It was also announced that Abbas will visit Athens on December 21 and 22.

“We ask states that have not yet recognized Palestine as a state but who believe in a two-state solution to do so,” said Abbas. Tsipras said that his government is in favor of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.

On Thursday, Tsipras also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos.