MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/. During his working visit to Moscow on July 13 through 16, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin the launch of a peace process in the Middle East and the creation of a new multilateral mechanism, Palestine’s Ambassador to Moscow Abdel Hafiz Nofal told TASS on Thursday.
According to the diplomat, Abbas is planning to discuss with Putin "the key issues related to the restart of a peace process in the Middle East, taking into consideration the coming summit of the Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, in Helsinki."
"The Russian and Palestinian leaders will talk about the US proposal [for the Middle East settlement] and our relations with Israel," he added.
The talks with focus on creation of a new multilateral mechanism for solving the Middle East crisis. The mechanism is expected to involve the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States and France), Nofal said.
The Palestinian ambassador confirmed Abbas’s plans to watch the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will kick off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.
"Perhaps, the president will have meetings with other leaders who will arrive for the final match," Nofal said.