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Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain

Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a two-day official visit to Spain, also toured Real Madrid football club

Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is presented with a football shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu during a tour of Real Madrid Football club on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Abbas is on a two day official visit, during a tour of Europe, to gain support for a United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state (Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain(Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Palestinian president's football diplomacy in Spain
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is given a tour of Real Madrid Football club on July 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)