Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas
On April 14, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a meeting with President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, prior to the opening of the 29th summit of the League of Arab States.
During a trust-based conversation, those taking part at the meeting focused on the prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Considering the dangerous escalation of tension in Palestinian territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, and against the backdrop of the unilateral US measures regarding Jerusalem and the continuation of Israeli settlement policy, the two parties expressed their common position in favour of the urgent arrangement of a sustainable political negotiation process based on the known international legal foundation.
Also discussed was an objective to recreate the Palestinian national unity on the political platform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which stipulates the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the borders of 1967 with the capital in East Jerusalem, which would live in peace and safety with their neighbours, including Israel.
Those at the meeting also touched upon some practical matters concerning the further development of traditionally friendly Russia-Palestine relations, including the maintenance of an active political dialogue and the improvement of economic and cultural ties.