On Monday, April 18, in Moscow took place the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with President of the Palestinian authority Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the press service of the Kremlin. During the official talks, Putin and Abbas turned to each other, using the title «Mr. President».
«I know that you now are making strenuous efforts to push the settlement process. Of course, we will support your efforts, Mr. President, in order to intensify all that is necessary for constructive dialogue. Very interesting for us to discuss and regional problems in General, and, of course, bilateral economic relations, bearing in mind that we have started a process that created the intergovernmental Commission and started its work», – quotes the press-service of the Kremlin Putin’s speech in the beginning of the conversation.
«We really are actively working to achieve a settlement with Israel based on the principle of two States, which will be established within the 1967 borders and the Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. As You know, political negotiations between Palestine and Israel is currently not underway, and therefore on the agenda are the issues of private contacts with the Israelis on security issues in regard to zone A, which is located in Palestine. We will discuss this problem later, of course, and other issues that affect the peace process. And, of course, among the most important issues – the initiative to convene an international conference on middle East settlement, which was proposed by France. We would like to discuss it with you in more detail. This issue is very important for us,» he said, in his turn, Abbas.
Official Palestinian Agency Wafa reports that the meeting was also attended by the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Saeb Erekat and foreign Minister of the PA, Riyad al-Malki. In honor of Abbas and his delegation was given a dinner, after which negotiations continued behind closed doors.
Note that Putin took Abbas a few days before his visit to Moscow Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to be held April 21.