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Telephone conversation with President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas

April 18, 2022

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, at the latter’s initiative.

The leaders discussed issues pertaining to the settlement in the Middle East in the context of escalating tensions on the West Bank of the River Jordan and in East Jerusalem. They expressed the hope that this would not develop into a major confrontation between Palestine and Israel. The leaders emphasised the need to re-launch a direct dialogue between Palestine and Israel, in part, under the aegis of the quartet of international mediators.

Vladimir Putin informed Mahmoud Abbas about the ongoing special military operation to protect Donbass and the talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives.

The leaders also reviewed current bilateral issues, primarily relating to trade and the economy, and reaffirmed a mutual desire to continue developing friendly bilateral ties.

The President of Russia congratulated Mahmoud Abbas and all Palestinian people on the holy Muslim holiday Ramadan.

The leaders agreed to continue contacts.

April 18, 2022