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Foreign Office Minister meets Palestinian Paralympians

Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt welcomed the Palestinian Paralympic delegation to London on 30 August.

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The two athletes and accompanying delegation were given a tour of the Foreign Office building and around Parliament.

Speaking after the event, Mr Burt said:

“I was delighted to formally welcome Mohammed Fannouna and Khamis Zaqout to London and to the Paralympic Games. They have overcome considerable obstacles just to compete here, and I would like to pay tribute to the dedication and determination that has been shown by them, their coaches and the Palestinian Paralympic Committee - led by Akram Okkeh - despite the difficulties they have faced.

Their stories are genuinely inspiring, and their achievements all the more impressive for being made with such limited resources and facilities. I wish them every success in the Paralympics, and will be following their progress with interest.”

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Published 30 August 2012