Abbas: Medical checks ‘reassuring’

Abbas, 82, will be returning to the West Bank on Friday after what officials described as "ordinary" checks at a Maryland hospital.

February 23, 2018 00:26
Abbas: Medical checks ‘reassuring’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, December 25, 2017. (photo credit: MUSSA QAWASMA / REUTERS)


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said he received “positive and reassuring” results from medical examinations he underwent at hospital in the United States.

The 82-year-old underwent routine medical checks on Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, according to a Palestinian official.

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“Praise God all of the results are positive and reassuring,” Abbas said in an interview with official PA television.

The PA president did not provide details about which medical checks he underwent.

Abbas traveled to New York City earlier last week, where he delivered a speech to the United Nations Security Council.

In 2016, doctors performed a cardiac catheterization, a procedure to diagnose and treat heart problems, on Abbas, which they said showed normal results.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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