Palestinian leader Abbas visits Chechnya

A Kremlin spokesman in Moscow said Abbas would stay in Russia until Dec. 22, when he was due to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Palestinian leader Abbas visits Chechnya

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived on Sunday in Grozny, capital of Russia's troubled region of Chechnya.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov welcomed Abbas at the airport to take him to his residence along a road decorated with photos of their previous meetings.

"We feel at home here. We thank the Almighty that we came to the Chechen Republic," Abbas told journalists through an interpreter.

Kadyrov, a former rebel who now declares loyalty to the Kremlin, held talks with Abbas during the haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

A Kremlin spokesman in Moscow said Abbas would stay in Russia until Dec. 22, when he was due to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev.


Reuters

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