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Congratulations to President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas

November 29, 2017

Vladimir Putin congratulated President of the State of PalestineMahmoud Abbas on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The message reads, in part:

“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a participant in the Middle East quartet of international intermediaries, Russia upholds the principled position to support the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

We stand for a comprehensive and just settlement in the Middle East based on the solid international legal basis, which includes the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Arab Peace Initiative.

This settlement should result in ending the Jewish occupation of Arab territories, which began in 1967, and creating an independent Palestinian state with the capital in East Jerusalem.

Against the background of continuing tensions on the West Bank of the Jordan River and in the Gaza Strip, as well as considering the growing terrorist threat in the region, your unchanging adherence to the political and diplomatic settlement of the Palestinian issues and your efforts to overcome the intra-Palestinian split are of crucial importance. In turn, we will continue to assist the efforts to restore Palestinian national unity.

Russia is ready to continue developing economic ties with Palestine and take part in the efforts to resolve the current social problems that its people are facing. We consider the activity of the Russia-Palestine Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation very important.”

November 29, 2017