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PA: 'State of Palestine' to replace 'Palestinian Authority' on new passports

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki revealed yesterday that a new version of the Palestinian passport will carry the words "State of Palestine" instead of the "Palestinian National Authority".

Al-Maliki told Palestinian Al-Ayyam newspaper that the new passport is being designed, noting that Israel has been informed of the change.

He did not specify a date for the release of the new passports but said it will be in the near future.

"We are working on two main issues here; first to replace the Palestinian Authority with the State of Palestine and to issue biometric passports that contain all the internationally required specifications."

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