Abbas says PA to start issuing ‘State of Palestine’ passports in 2016

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“Regarding the issue of a passport under the name Palestine State, we are about to proceed to the passport replacement and the issuance of a new passport within one year or even less. We have already changed all documents issued by ministries and public services and they now bear the name ‘State of Palestine’. We no longer accept from anybody to use the name Palestinian Authority,” Abbas told a joint news conference after meeting with Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras.

Abbas is on a two-day official visit in Athens during which the Greek parliament is set to recognize the “state of Palestine” in a non-binding parliamentary vote planned for Tuesday.

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