Suha Arafat, the widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, has denied the rumors that she has objected to Russian experts' participation in the forensic tests of her husband's remains.
"I am happy that the Russian experts worked during the exhumation because I trust them fully and am confident of their competence," Suha Arafat said in an interview with Russia Today in Arabic.
Commenting on the media reports stating that she had expressed her displeasure about Russian experts' involvement in this procedure in an interview with the French newspaper Figaro, Suha Arafat said: "No media publications have asked me such questions. I have not given anyone any interviews on Russian experts' involvement in the exhumation. Such statements are lies. It's an attempt to mislead Russians, I deny them and will issue a denial in the mass media in the nearest future."
Suha Arafat said all Palestinians know and remember what historical ties Palestine and Russia have. "Russia and Moscow have always supported Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian revolution," she said.
"Presidents Yeltsin, Putin, and Medvedev have always supported the just fight of the people of Palestine for their independence," Suha Arafat said.
Yasser Arafat's body was exhumed on Nov. 27. On that day, experts took samples from the Palestinian leader's remains, which were handed over to Russian, Swiss, and French experts for tests. The tests will determine whether Yasser Arafat died of radiation exposure.
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