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Blair: Quartet to help improve tourism in Bethlehem
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 31/01/2014 23:03
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Tourism Rula Maayeh met Thursday with a senior Middle East Quartet official to discuss the importance of tourism in Palestine, and specifically in Bethlehem.

Maayeh said in a news conference with former UK prime minister Tony Blair in Bethlehem that their meeting focused on ways to improve tourism in Palestine.

She said tourism faced countless obstacles as a result of the Israeli occupation, including restrictions on investment in Area C -- areas under full Israeli military control -- and the inability of Palestinian tour guides and buses to enter Jerusalem and Palestinian areas within Israel.

Blair praised the Maayeh's efforts to improve the the tourism sector in Palestine, and expressed his satisfaction with the increase of the number of tourists over the past two years.

He said the Quartet would help develop the Bethlehem area due to its "global significance" and "importance to the Christian world," specifically citing the Solomon's Pools area.
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1 ) shirley / australia
30/01/2014 22:43
the quartet are only there to give bush ann escape route from war crimes that was why he was dragged back in and pa and abass said nothing it is well noted by arabs thios collusion of abass with blair and any contact palestinians have with him is slap in the face to the world ababss coulnt wait to get his grubby hands on US money the UN is apitiful hole that allows him to continuesheer hypocrisy the pa swore balir was not welcome now welcome with open arms while he called muslims danger to world

2 ) Sander / The Netherlands
30/01/2014 23:47
helping Bethlehem with tourists is a plaster on the wound. Quartet should help with solving the political problem (source) and help ending the blockade and occupation of Palestine and right of return of Palestinaian people to their land. All other problems are a result of this cause.

3 ) mohamed / somalia
31/01/2014 11:14
talk talk bla bla tony

4 ) Suzette / France
31/01/2014 13:05
''She said tourism faced countless obstacles as a result of the Israeli occupation,'' Not my experience, I took a bus from the Damascus Gate. Went through the barrier and found my hotel and toured Bethlehem. Back through the barrier, I was asked to show my passport when I exited the Palestinian Territories. No ''countless obstacles'' were experienced.

5 ) Mel / USA
31/01/2014 19:27
Puke!It figures such a gonadless creep/war criminal should freely roam the streets of Ziostan! His 'Zionist-status-quo'tet has a lot of cash invested in their compliant-Arab puppet-faction,still pretending that(unelected)PA is ALL Palestine &that Ramallah &the tourist sites under Zionist control are THE WHOLE Holy Land.No dude! B-liar's interpretation of 'Palestine' is only what Zionism,its funders & puppets OCCUPY!Any 'tourism'which needs Zionist permit of entry SUPPORTS Israel's WAR CRIMES!!!!
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