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Mahmoud Abbas the President of the Palestinian National Authority, second from left, welcomes Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, third from right, to the Bethlehem (Photo courtesy Office of the PM, Kingstown).

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – This country is building its relations with the Arab world, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the state-owned National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), yesterday.

Gonsalves is on a 15-day trip overseas that saw him worshiping in Bethlehem on Christmas Day and he will also visit Georgia and Azerbaijan before returning home on Jan. 3.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are among Caribbean Community nations that that recognize the Palestinian state.

Gonsalves said the trip is important for the overall socio-economic development of this country.

The Vincentian leader has held talks with Mahmoud Abbas, his counterpart from the Palestinian Authority.

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Abbas had invited Gonsalves to worship in Bethlehem on Christmas Day.

“We are building our relations with the Arab world. As you know we have good relations with Kuwait, Qatar, we have an honorary consul in Egypt, we have relations with Morocco and Iran and then of course we also have good relations with Israel and we are seeking to build bridges where possible and see after the interest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in addition to world peace,” Gonsalves told the NBC by telephone.

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