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President Vladimir Putin met with Palestinian National Authority leader Yasser Arafat

May 29, 2001, The Kremlin, Moscow

They discussed issues related to the Middle Eastern settlement.

Mr Putin said that Russia was eager to help the region’s nations to achieve peace, and reassured that it cherished its long-established friendly ties with Palestinians.

Mr Arafat stressed, in his turn, that Russia was among the principal guarantors of Middle Eastern settlement.

The meeting lasted two hours—longer than scheduled.

May 29, 2001, The Kremlin, Moscow