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Britain's Prince William to meet Netanyahu, Abbas

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Britain's will hold talks with Israeli and Palestinian during a visit to the on which he will also meet Syrian refugees, his said today.

The Duke of is the first royal to make an official visit to and the Palestinian territories on behalf of the British government, on a tour from June 24 to 28 that starts in

In Jordan, William, second in line to the throne, will meet young Syrian refugees and stay at the private residence of

However, there are no current plans to meet the sovereign and as the focus of the leg is on building relations with 23-year-old Crown

In Israel, he will visit the and lay a wreath on June 26.

He will then sit down for talks with Netanyahu and meet at his residence.

He will meet Abbas at his Ramallah office on June 27 and meet refugees, young Palestinians and "celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food", his told reporters at a briefing in

On the final day, in Jerusalem, he will also visit the Mount of Olives and the tomb of his great-grandmother Alice, the mother of Elizabeth II's husband "The duke is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region," said.

"He is pleased that his programme will allow him to meet a number of people from his own generation and young Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians.

"His royal highness is looking forward to learning about their unique perspectives, but also their shared ambitions and hopes for the future." A royal visit has been discussed for several years but it has now been decided that the time is right and should go, said

The visit is not linked to being marked this year.

The 10-strong tour party does not include any ministers.

William's wife is not accompanying him on the trip as she is not undertaking so soon after the birth of the couple's third child Prince on April 23.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:40 IST