Palestinian President Abbas Arrives in Greece for Official Visit

Greek PM Tsipras, whose government is trying to balance improved relations with Israel with a longstanding support for a Palestinian state, will meet with Abbas on Monday.

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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Ramallah, West Bank, November 26, 2015.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Ramallah, West Bank, November 26, 2015. Credit: AP

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Athens on a two-day official visit.

Abbas, who arrived in the Greek capital on Sunday, will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, and will speak at Greece's Parliament on Tuesday.

Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee has unanimously called on the Greek government to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Tsipras' leftist-led government is trying to balance improved relations with Israel with his party's longstanding support for a Palestinian state. Tsipras visited Israel last month, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also met with Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank.

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