Obama to visit P.A.


Barack Obama will meet with Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank on his Middle East trip next week.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and senator from Illinois, will visit Ramallah on July 23 and will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Obama will first travel to Israel on July 22-23, where he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, President Shimon Peres and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli officials.

John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, visited Israel in March but did not travel to the West Bank. Instead he spoke with Abbas by telephone.

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