Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Hussein al-Sheikh, member of the Palestinian Fatah Movement’s Central Committee
On February 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received in Moscow Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of the Palestinian Fatah Movement’s Central Committee.
During the meeting the officials focused on further developing traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Palestine, with an emphasis on deepening the political dialogue on urgent problems of the Middle East.
The Russian minister confirmed Russia’s commitment to the two-state solution in settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on a universally recognised foundation of international law, including the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly and the Arab Peace Initiative. Mr Lavrov also emphasised that there is no alternative to direct talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis under the aegis of the international Quartet. He laid emphasis on the importance of restoring Palestinian national unity based on the PLO’s political platform as soon as possible.
On the same day, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also had detailed consultations with Hussein al-Sheikh at the Russian Foreign Ministry.