People in Palestine like Russia, Medvedev writes in Twitter

19.01.2011, 05.49

MOSCOW, January 19 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made an entry in hisTwitter blog on Wednesday, briefly sharing his impressions of his stay in Jericho (Palestine) on Tuesday.

“People in Palestine like Russia. It was gratifying to see the sincere emotions being expressed by folk in the streets of ancient Jericho. This land needs peace,” Medvedev wrote in Twitter.

On Tuesday, the programme for Dmitry Medvedev’s visit began with a meeting with Head of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Mahmoud Abbas at the Jericho Governor’s residence.

Jericho is the world’s oldest city (several months ago it marked its 10,000th jubilee). It is situated in the northern part of Judaean desert on the west bank of the river Jordan in the territory controlled by the Palestinian administration. Jericho is reckoned one of the hottest places in the Middle East. In summer, air temperature there quite often rises to 50 degrees above zero (Celsius).

The Russo-Palestinian talks resulted in the signing of joint documents and were followed by a news conference. Later in the day Medvedev and Abbas opened a Russian museum in Jericho and toured a new park complex near the biblical Fig Tree near which, as the legend goes, Jesus Christ met rich publican named Zacchaeus.

The park complex has become Russia’s gift to the Palestinian people and the residents of Jericho on the occasion of the city’s 10,000th jubilee.

“The parkland is an important symbol of the strengthening of Russian presence in the Holy Land. The operation of the park complex will be of great importance for the development of the PNA’s tourist infrastructure,” presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko pointed out.


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