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Putin stresses significance of Palestinian unity in phone call with Abbas

MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed issues regarding the Middle Eastern peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call on Wednesday, the Kremlin press service reported.

"The Russian side has reaffirmed its principal stance in support of a just and long-term solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict in accordance with the existing international legal base," the message says. "In this context, it has stressed the importance of strengthening inter-Palestinian unity."

The presidents held "a substantive exchange of opinions on Middle Eastern regulation." Besides, they discussed "the current issues of Russian-Palestinian cooperation taking into account the agreements on the outcomes of the meeting between both leaders in Bethlehem in January 2020," the Kremlin informed. Putin and Abbas have agreed "to continue cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus infection."

The Palestinian leader congratulated his Russian colleague and the Russian people on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and on the outcomes of the national vote on constitutional amendments. The conversation was held at the initiative of Palestine.