Abbas: No released Palestinian prisoner to be deported

No released Palestinian prisoner will be deported "from any part of his homeland," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.
In a meeting at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah with the Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqi, Abbas stressed the continued effort on the part of the authority in releasing all detainees held in Israeli jails, stating the issue was of "top priority" for the PA, their official news agency Wafa reported.
Qaraqi, for his part, confirmed that 26 prisoners are to be freed on August 13, where they will be officially received at the presidential residence by Abbas and their families.
Abbas added that the release of the prisoners will strengthen the chances for peace with Israel.
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