Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas undergoes heart tests

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, visited hospital on Thursday for heart tests that showed the 81-year-old’s health to be normal, officials said.


“We have carried out all necessary tests, including a cardiac catheterisation, and the results are all normal,” said Said Sarahneh, director of the Istishari hospital in Ramallah. “The president will leave the hospital within two hours.”


Catheterisation involves the insertion of a thin tube into blood vessels.


Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, reported that Abbas was at the hospital for tests, citing a presidency spokesman.


The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s secretary general, Saeb Erekat, said tests had confirmed Abbas was in good health.


Last week Abbas attended the funeral of the former Israeli president and Nobel peace prize winner Shimon Peres.


Abbas had negotiated with Peres and signed the Oslo peace accords alongside him in the 1990s.


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