Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas will pray for peace at the Vatican on June 8, the Holy See said Thursday.Despite expectations Francis would steer clear of the thorny politics of the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his trip, the Argentine pontiff extended a personal invitation to the two men at the end of a mass in Bethlehem on Sunday.The Vatican said the upcoming meeting, which had to be scheduled to take place before the 90-year-old Israeli president retires at the end of July, was not going to be driven by a political agenda.Peres is known for his close relationship with Abbas and has frequently pushed for a peaceful resolution of the decades-long conflict.
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