Peru's President Ollanta Humala, right, walks with Israel's President Shimon Peres during a welcoming ceremony at the president's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Israeli President Simon Peres on Monday hailed remarks by Mahmud Abbas on the Palestinian refugee issue which he said showed the Palestinian president's "seriousness about reaching peace".Resolving the question of the right of return for Palestinian families who fled or were forced out of their homes during the war which accompanied Israel's independence in 1948 is one of the most bitterly-disputed issues in the conflict.During their morning meeting, the Israeli and Peruvian presidents talked about the peace process and about increased economic,scientific and agricultural cooperation between their two nations, a statement from Peres's office said.
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