Ramallah, 31 December 2021 (TDI): President Mahmoud Abbas discussed with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, the latest developments related to the Palestinian issue.

In addition, the officials exchanged views on ways to strengthen the distinguished bilateral relations between their two friendly countries and peoples.

Likewise, they wished each other happy holidays on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year. The representatives agreed to further develop its bilateral ties while prevailing stability in the region and the world.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands before their meeting at the Presidential Residence in Sochi, Russia, on 10 May 2017.
Official Remarks

President Abbas reiterated the importance of starting a political track based on United Nations resolutions. Moreover, he highlighted the importance of holding a meeting for the International Quartet at the ministerial level.

Furthermore, the official pointed out the Israeli violations and unilateral measures such as settlements, confiscation of land, demolishing homes, expelling Palestinians from Jerusalem, abusing prisoners, holding the bodies of martyrs, and stopping settler terrorism.

President Abbas also stressed that “the continuation of these Israeli measures will lead to an explosion of the situation”, who emphasized that economic and security steps are not a substitute for the political track.

There is an obvious absence of a political track. As well, the official pointed out Israel’s continued rejection of the two-state solution and its efforts to undermine it.

The Russian President also affirmed the damages in the Palestinian economy and deducting from the tax revenues. President Abbas said in turn that “decisive decisions will be taken by the Palestinians in this regard, especially as the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization is getting ready to convene an important session”.

After the meeting, both presidents wished for successful government support to continue in their contacts. In that sense, meetings will continue to follow up between the two sides on all issues of common interest.