Greek MPs to deliver resolution during Palestinian leader’s visit

Greek MPs to deliver resolution during Palestinian leader’s visit

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is due to hold talks with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Monday.

Tsipras and Abbas are due to hold a joint news conference after their meeting at 2.30 p.m. at the Maximos Mansion.

On Tuesday, Abbas is scheduled to meet parliamentary speaker Nikos Voutsis and then address MPs in Greek Parliament.

Voutsis is also due to read out a resolution calling on the government to recognize Palestine as a state. The non-binding resolution was unanimously approved by the House’s defense and foreign affairs committee on Thursday.

The resolution is designed to be symbolic in nature rather than to pave the way for an official recognition of the Palestinian state. Voutsis will also hand Abbas a copy of the resolution.

Before leaving, the Palestinian leader will also meet the head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos.

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