27 Dec 2019 15:27

Putin to visit Bethlehem on Jan 23 - Palestinian ambassador

MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - Palestine is expecting Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Bethlehem on January 23, 2020, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said at a press conference on Friday.

"Mr. Putin will visit Bethlehem in the near future, on January 23," Nofal said.

He will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the visit, the ambassador said.

"There are certain points of the program. He will meet with President Abbas to discuss bilateral and other issues. We see eye-to-eye on many matters," Nofal said.

He also said that Abbas was planning to visit Moscow on May 9, 2020.

It was reported earlier that Putin planned to visit Israel early next year.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax that Putin's visit to Bethlehem on January 23 was being worked on.

"This visit is under consideration," Peskov said upon being asked whether the Russian president's schedule includes a visit to Bethlehem on January 23.