Palestinian President Abbas wants to be treated in Germany and apparently also wants to meet Chancellor Merkel. The trip takes place just a few weeks before the first parliamentary election in 15 years.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas is on his way to Germany to undergo a “routine medical examination”. During his visit, the 86-year-old will also meet Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), it was said on Monday from around the president.
Abbas left Ramallah in the West Bank aboard a Jordanian helicopter. After a stopover in Jordan, he will reportedly fly to Germany before returning on Thursday.
First parliamentary election in 15 years
The trip takes place just a few weeks before the first parliamentary election in the Palestinian Territories in 15 years. In the elections on May 22, the Fatah movement led by Abbas and the radical Islamic Hamas will be competing. But some other candidate lists also have good chances.
With the parliamentary elections in May and the presidential election on July 31, the Palestinians hope to strengthen the West’s confidence in their ability to govern and to back up their efforts to establish a state of their own.