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GORKI, January 20 (Itar-Tass) —— The main street of the city of Jericho has been named after President Dmitry Medvedev. Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian National Administration, gave a corresponding certificate to Medvedev here on Friday.
The certificate says that “proceeding from the historic, cultural, political and public relations between the Russian and Palestinian nations, considering special relations with the historic city of Jericho, where the Russian Museum will be built on the decision of the Russian government, the mayor’s council decided to name the main street of the city, which passes by the Russian Museum and the religious sacred place of Zacchaeus Tree, after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a friend of ours, so that it will become another symbol of friendship between our two nations.”
“Your visit to Jericho was very important and unique by its character. It was very strenuous, in comparison with visits of other leaders,” Mahmoud Abbas said. “Residents of the city were deeply impressed by your visit and decided to give your name to one of the streets.”
“I regard it as a symbol of Russian-Palestinian friendship, which has been developing for centuries, not for years. This is an honour for me and proof of the fact that our relations are on a very high level,” Medvedev replied.
He congratulated Abbas on being awarded the Patriarch Alexy II Prize. “This is a symbol of the way our relations are developing, as well as of your contribution to those processes,” Medvedev said. Abbas thanked Medvedev and said that he regarded the Prize as a special decoration. “The awarding of the Prize will further encourage me to promote the development of our relations and a dialogue between the civilizations and nations,” the Palestinian leader said.