Historic Moment: Prince William Meets Palestinian Leader Carrying Israeli 'Message of Peace'

Published June 27th, 2018 - 01:34 GMT
The Duke of Cambridge (right) meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) in Ramallah. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
The Duke of Cambridge (right) meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) in Ramallah. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

The Duke of Cambridge today met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a day after Israel's president urged him to take a 'message of peace' to the Arab leader.

William has sat down for talks with Mr Abbas in Ramallah after their historic handshake, becoming the first member of the royal family to visit the Palestinian Occupied Territories at the request of the Government.

Speaking to the Duke, Mr Abbas declared his commitment to peace negotiations based on a two-state solution, his standard position on the long-term resolution to the decades old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr Abbas added that he hoped the next time William visits Palestine it would be a fully independent state. Once again, though, some felt the words risked pushing the prince's visit onto a political footing.

William had the opportunity to get to know the Palestinian leader during discussions in his offices today, after meeting Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country's president Reuven Rivlin yesterday.  

Today, Mr Abass said: 'Your royal highness Prince William, it is my honour to receive you in Palestine for your first visit. I hope this will not be the last visit.....that your next visit will be in the state of Palestine when we have our full independence.

'Your royal highness, your visit to us will deepen and strengthen the ties between our two peoples. We are always in need of your constant support us in our just cause which has taken a long, long, long time and is not solved.

'Your royal highness, allow me to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to the British government for announcing for announcing generous aid to the United Nations relief and..... for refugees and on this we appreciate very much.

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