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Palestinian leader meets with pope ahead of Paris summit

AP  |  Vatican City 

The Palestinian leader meets today with Pope Francis as he rallies international support ahead of this weekend's Paris peace summit.

Among other things, Palestinian President is expected to raise with Francis Palestinian concern about a possible move of the to from Tel Aviv to

The Palestinians strongly oppose the move, saying it would kill any hopes for negotiating peace and rile the region by undercutting Muslim and Christian claims to the holy city.

The has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for that safeguards its sacred character.

After the papal audience, Abbas will open an embassy of his own: The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See, fruit of recent accords in which the formally recognized the "Palestinian state.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 13:57 IST