Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin praises Abbas for working to stabilize the region during his time as head of the PA.

“It’s now been ten years since your election as head of Palestine. In that time, you have done a lot of work to stabilize the situation, both domestic, political and economic,” Putin says according to Russian news agency Interfax.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shows the way to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/ POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shows the way to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/ POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY)

“Those were very difficult years. At the same time, I am glad to say that the relations between Palestine and Russia have developed consistently.”

The two are expected to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts as well as the situation in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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