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Putin calls for resumption of peace process in Middle East

June 25, 2014, 21:03 UTC+3 NOVO OGAREVO
Abbas said his meeting with Putin was “a meeting of two friends”
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R)

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NOVO OGARYOVO, June 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia would like the peace process to resume in the Middle East, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, June 25.

“The situation in the region is not improving, unfortunately. And I am very glad to have this opportunity to meet with you and talk about its development and map out steps to normalize it,” Putin said, adding, “We all would like the peace process to resume.”

He said many difficulties would have to be faced on the way but welcomed the opportunity to discuss possible joint steps to settle the situation in the region.

Abbas said his meeting with Putin was “a meeting of two friends”. “We would like to use this opportunity to exchange opinions with you on the developments in our region, find out your point of view and hear your advice on how to settle the current situation,” he said.

The Palestinian leader said his delegation was interested in developing cooperation with Russia and invited Putin to discuss the regional agenda.

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