Abbas travels to Germany for official visit, medical check up

Jerusalem, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- The president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, left for Germany on Tuesday to address the political situation in the Palestinian territories and to undergo a routine medical check-up, Palestinian sources told EFE.

This is Abbas’ first official trip abroad this year, and it comes without prior notice or official information.

The sources added that “Abbas will undergo medical check-ups” while in Germany, although they clarified that these were routine.

Abbas left by helicopter from the West Bank city of Ramallah to Jordan, from where he will fly to Germany later on Tuesday.

Palestinian sources told Efe that the visit would include meetings with senior German officials to discuss local and international policy issues, including the relationship with Israel, the new US administration and internal Palestinian affairs.

This last issue is particularly relevant given that the Palestinian territories will hold legislative elections on May 22, which, if they go ahead, would be the first Palestinian elections in 15 years.

The president, who at 85 years of age still holds the leadership of the PNA and the nationalist Fatah party, has a long medical history: more than a decade ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and in recent years he has been diagnosed with heart problems. Rumors about his precarious health are recurrent. EFE-EPA


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