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MOSCOW, June 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia welcomes the formation of Palestinian state government, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday.
“The formation of a united technocratic government in Palestine resulted from strong efforts that the leadership of Fatah, Hamas, other Palestinian movements and organizations had been taking recently in a striving to overcome internal disagreements,” the ministry said.
Russia will “cooperate actively with the Palestinian Cabinet for further development and enhancement of traditionally friendly Russian-Palestinian relations in different spheres,” the Russian diplomatic agency said.
On June 2, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government of national unity headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled. The new Palestinian Cabinet consists of 16 ministers who represent the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. All ministers have a politically neutral position.
Mahmoud Abbas to visit Russia in June
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will pay an official visit to Russia later this month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday.
“This month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Bogdanov, who is also Russia’s presidential envoy to the Middle East, said.
He did not specify the dates of the announced visit.