Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Saturday as he wound up a three-day state visit to South Africa and headed home to face factional violence in Gaza.
During a brief courtesy visit to Mandela's Johannesburg home, Abbas paid tribute to the African National Congress veteran as the "father of all liberation movements."
He said that South Africa, which enjoys good relations with the Palestinians, Israel and the United States, could play "a productive role in the peace process."
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