A Palestinian official says Barack Obama will visit the West Bank and meet the Palestinian president during a swing through the Middle East next week.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says the Democratic presidential candidate will travel to Ramallah on July 23rd. He says Obama is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Erekat says if Obama is elected, the Palestinians hope "he will stay the course between Israel and the Palestinians in reaching peace."
Obama's likely Republican opponent, John McCain, visited Israel in March but did not meet with the Palestinians. Obama is also expected to visit Israel.
Erekat spoke Monday in Paris, where Abbas attended a summit Sunday.
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