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Palestinian president to visit Moscow June 25 — presidential aide

June 20, 2014, 15:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Moscow on June 25, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.

During the visit, Abbas is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ushakov said on Friday. Earlier, Palestinian Ambassador in Moscow Fayed Mustafa said Abbas would visit Russia shortly. 

“Special attention will be paid to pressing regional and international issues, particularly to the Palestinian-Israeli negotiating process and the situation in the Middle East and North Africa,” Ushakov said.

Putin and Abbas are also expected to discuss the conflict in Syria, he said, adding that the Palestinian leader would meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Abbas will also visit St. Petersburg, Ushakov said.

On June 19, Palestinian Ambassador in Moscow Fayed Mustafa said Abbas would visit Russia shortly.

“We hope that Mahmoud Abbas will visit Moscow in the short run. Solid relations unite both countries,” Mustafa said. During the visit, he “will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and other officials”, he said.

The parties will exchange views on the situation in the region, Mustafa said. Palestine intends to raise the question of direct talks with Israel that were suspended earlier, he said.

“We’re sure that the visit will be successful and contribute to the development of bilateral relations,” Mustafa said.

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