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PA’s Abbas to meet Putin in Russia on Tuesday

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,  shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Bethlehem, Jan 23, 2020.  (Alexander Nemenov, Pool via AP)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Bethlehem, Jan 23, 2020. (Alexander Nemenov, Pool via AP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow in Sochi, Russia, the Kremlin says.

“The two leaders will discuss issues pertaining to the further development of bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East, taking into account Russia’s efforts toward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” Putin’s office says in a statement.

In remarks to Russian state media, Abbas says that the visit aims to “update [Putin] on the latest developments.”

Senior Russian officials have hosted a number of Palestinian delegations over the past month. One of the officials who made their way to Moscow was Abbas rival Mohammad Dahlan, who met with Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Bogdonav in early November.

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