Palestinian Health Minister Hani Abdin speaks with a child at the Israeli Hadassah hospital, Jerusalem on May 5, 2013
Palestinian Health Minister Hani Abdin speaks with a Palestinian child at the Israeli Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem on May 5, 2013. Abdeen on Sunday paid a visit to the Hadassah hospital in west Jerusalem, the first visit by a Palestinian minister to Israel's largest medical facility, it said in a statement. © Menahem Kahana - AFP
Palestinian Health Minister Hani Abdin speaks with a child at the Israeli Hadassah hospital, Jerusalem on May 5, 2013
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Last updated: May 6, 2013

Palestinian health minister visits Israeli hospital

Palestinian health minister Hani Abdeen paid a visit to the Hadassah hospital in west Jerusalem, the first visit by a Palestinian minister to Israel's largest medical facility, it said in a statement.

Accompanied by a delegation of senior Palestinian officials, Abdeen met Dr Yuval Weiss, director of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and distributed gifts to Palestinian patients on Sunday.

Abdeen spoke of the importance of increasing the cadre of Palestinian medical staff, which would cut the high payments currently made by Palestinians to Israeli and Jordanian hospitals.

"Hadassah considers cooperation with its Palestinian neighbours a high priority," Weiss said. "Medicine is a bridge to peace. Borders don't exist when it comes to caring for people."

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