Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018
Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018
Photo: AP
Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018

Russia: No Mideast peace without solving Palestinian problem

Moscow welcomes progress in Israel's normalization efforts in the region, but stresses 'secure lasting stabilization' in the Middle East will not be achieved without an agreement with the Palestinians

AFP |
Published: 09.17.20 , 13:46
Russia said on Thursday it would be a "mistake" to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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  • The foreign ministry statement came after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday.
    Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018 Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018
    Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting in 2018
    (Photo: AP)
    Russia said it noted "progress" in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that "the Palestinian problem remains acute."
    "It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East."
    Moscow urged regional and global players to "ramp up coordinated efforts" to solve the issue.
    "Russia is ready for such joint work," including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the foreign ministry said.
    (L-R) Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords(L-R) Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    U.S. President Donald Trump has said similar U.S.-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia.
    Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
    Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank could bring peace to the Middle East.

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