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PM Abe to add Israel, Palestinian Autonomous Areas to his Middle East itinerary

Yomiuri wrote that it has learned from multiple GOJ sources that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Abe to visit the UAE, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Autonomous Areas during the Golden Week holidays starting in late April. Although the prime minister had originally planned to visit Saudi Arabia, this leg of the trip was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The paper speculated that although a visit to Iran had been under consideration, Abe is unlikely to visit that nation in light of the decision to skip Saudi Arabia. This will be the premier’s first visit to Israel and the Palestinian Autonomous Areas since January 2015. The paper conjectured that Abe will stress the need for peace talks in the region amid growing tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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