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Dmitry Medvedev sent a message of congratulations to President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas on the Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

November 28, 2008

“It is my pleasure to send to you personally and to all Palestinians my congratulations on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”, Mr Medvedev said in his message. “I want to reiterate the Russian Federation’s principled position of support for the Palestinian people and their legitimate national aspirations, including the right to establish an independent and viable Palestinian state. It is my conviction that the restoration of state sovereignty would contribute to stability in the region and the safe coexistence and conflict-free mutually beneficial cooperation of all countries and peoples. We support your commitment to peaceful dialogue in the aim of finding a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and finding mutually acceptable solutions based on universally recognised international law. Restoration of intra-Palestinian unity remains an important condition for achieving these aims.

I reaffirm Russia’s readiness to keep providing active assistance to achieve lasting stabilisation of the situation and bring peace and security to the Middle East. We will continue to help the Palestinian National Authority in its work to build statehood, strengthen government organisation and resolve social and economic problems.”

November 28, 2008