Medvedev to visit Jordan, Palestine despite Israel delay

5th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday confirmed plans to visit Jordan and the Palestinian territories this month despite the postponement of his visit to Israel due to strike action.

"The preparation for the planned visits of the president to Jordan and the Palestinian territories is going ahead in a normal way," said a statement posted on the Kremlin website on Wednesday.

Israel on Monday asked Russia to postpone Medvedev's visit scheduled for January 16-19 because Israeli foreign ministry workers have gone on strike in a pay dispute.

Medvedev spoke to Israeli President Shimon Peres by telephone on Tuesday evening, with his Israeli counterpart apologising for the cancellation, the Kremlin said.

"The Russian president accepted this information," the Kremlin said.

The two leaders agreed to hold a meeting at the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, the Kremlin statement said.

Medvedev's official visit to Israel was to be his first as Russian president. Vladimir Putin visited while president in 2005.

© 2011 AFP

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