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Diplomat assures Moscow ready to help Palestinians gain their statehood

March 30, 2017, 12:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. Moscow is prepared to assist Palestinians in gaining their statehood, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday following meeting between Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Jordan.

"During the conversation the two sides focused on the prospects for promoting the Palestinian-Israeli settlement," the ministry noted. "The Russian side reiterated its willingness to continue to provide assistance to the Palestinian people in realizing their legitimate aspirations to gain their own statehood in accordance with the decisions made by the international community on that score, including the Arab Peace Initiative."

The parties also discussed the task of restoring the Palestinian national unity on the political platform of the Palestine Liberation Organization "aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state that would live in peace and security with its neighbors, including Israel."

Bogdanov and Abbas raised some "pressing issues related to the further development of the traditionally friendly Russian-Palestinian relations, including efforts to maintain intense political dialogue and boost economic and humanitarian ties," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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