Russian honor – One of the main roads in the West Bank city of Jericho will be named after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.
According to the report, The Palestinian Authority issued a statement saying: "Due to the historic, cultural and public relations between Russia and the Palestinian people, and due to the warm ties between Russia and the city of Jericho, the city council has decided to name one of its main roads after our friend Dmitry Medvedev."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said
he sees the act as a token of honor that
symbolizes the long lasting relations between Russia and the Palestinians."
Medvedev visited Jericho in January last year, where he said that his country recognized an indpenedent Palestinian state more than two decades ago, and has no intention of changing its stance.
Medvedev visiting Jericho in January 2011 (Photo: AP)
"Everyone will profit from the establishement of a Palestinian state, including the Israelis and all the nations in the Middle East," he said during the visit.
Abbas, who is currently visiting Russia, will be honored on Sunday, and is expected to receive an award from Patriarch Alexy II, for the promotion of tolerance among peoples. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the largest church in Russia.