Press release on the Russian interdepartmental delegation’s consultations in Israel and Palestine
On July 9−10, a Russian interdepartmental delegation, including Special Presidential Representative for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, visited Israel and Palestine.
While in Israel, they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Head of the National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat, Director of Mossad Yosef Cohen, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yuval Rotem and senior General Staff officers. The sides had an intensive exchange of opinions and reviewed a number of topical issues dealing with the regional situation, primarily in Syria in connection with a counterterrorism operation being conducted in southwestern Syria by the Syrian Armed Forces with Russia’s support. The sides agreed that it was important to reinstate in full the 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces.
While in Palestine, the Russian interdepartmental delegation was received by President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and held consultations with Saeb Erekat, the Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee, and Director of the General Intelligence Service Majid Faraj in Ramallah. The sides discussed various tasks of achieving a stable Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement on a generally recognised international law foundation, as well as certain regional issues, including developments in Syria.