Inter-American problems and regional policy
Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s telephone conversation with Fatah Central Committee member Hussein al-Sheikh
On May 22, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov had a telephone conversation with Fatah Central Committee member Hussein al-Sheikh, at the initiative of the Palestinian side.
The two officials had a lengthy conversation, during which Hussein al-Sheikh informed Mr Bogdanov about the latest decisions by the Palestinian leadership regarding relations with Israel.
Russia reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the establishment of an independent state within the 1967 lines with a capital in East Jerusalem, living peacefully and maintaining neighbourly relations with Israel. Mr Bogdanov also said that Russia was ready to carry on its efforts to facilitate the Israeli-Palestinian talks under the existing international framework of the Middle East Peace Process, including within the Middle East Quartet of international mediators. In addition to this, Mr Bogdanov pointed out that the proposal by Russia’s leadership to hold a face-to-face meeting between President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow without any preconditions remained on the table.