Palestine's Abbas accepts pope's invitation to pray with Israel's Peres

RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday accepted Pope Francis's invitation to pray for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres on June 6 at the Vatican, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.

Peres's spokesman said earlier that the Israeli president, who steps down at the end of next month, welcomed Francis's invitation but did not explicitly confirm he would attend.