As PA president met with Argentine soccer star in Moscow ahead of the World Cup final, the two exchanged gifts, hugged and took pictures, with Maradona writing the ‘man wants peace in Palestine.’
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - As PA president met with Argentine soccer star in Moscow ahead of the World Cup final, the two exchanged gifts, hugged and took pictures, with Maradona writing the ‘man wants peace in Palestine.’
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was in Moscow for the World Cup 2018 final, met with a former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona, with the latter expressing his solidarity with the Palestinian President.
In a short conversation, Maradona reportedly said to Abbas that he sympathizes with the plight of the Palestinian people, as the two embraced each other in a brief hug.
"I am a Palestinian. This man wants peace in Palestine. President Abbas has a country and has a right,” Maradona wrote on his Instagram account.
Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, complimented Maradona and presented him with a gift in honor of the meeting—a painting of a dove carrying an olive branch and olive oil.
Maradona has expressed support for the Palestinians in the past. When he managed a United Arab Emirates national team six years ago, he said he was a self-proclaimed "number-one supporter of the Palestinians," and a year earlier he wore a kaffiyeh and exclaimed "Long live Palestine."