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Russia: Lavrov hosts Palestinian reconciliation talks in Moscow 01:30

Russia: Lavrov hosts Palestinian reconciliation talks in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 16, 2017 at 18:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia was "a high-principled and persistent advocate of restoring Palestinian unity and overcoming the split that occurred ten years ago," at a meeting with Palestine's Fatah and Hamas, alongside representatives of other political factions, in Moscow, Monday.

Lavrov said: "I think that you will all agree that the absence of unity negatively affects the settlement of the Palestinian problem; as you have seen it more than once," before adding that "in order to ensure the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people it is essential to display willingness to not an easy but eagerly sought compromise."

Russian diplomat continued, "In the end, you are all united by a common goal of creating an independent, viable Palestinian state that lives in peace side by side with all its neighbours."

The informal talks with the participation of eight Palestinian political forces will be held at Moscow's Institute of Oriental Studies, until Tuesday. The talks coincided with the Middle East Peace conference in Paris, which both Israel and Palestine have refused taken part in.

Russia: Lavrov hosts Palestinian reconciliation talks in Moscow 01:30
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia was "a high-principled and persistent advocate of restoring Palestinian unity and overcoming the split that occurred ten years ago," at a meeting with Palestine's Fatah and Hamas, alongside representatives of other political factions, in Moscow, Monday.

Lavrov said: "I think that you will all agree that the absence of unity negatively affects the settlement of the Palestinian problem; as you have seen it more than once," before adding that "in order to ensure the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people it is essential to display willingness to not an easy but eagerly sought compromise."

Russian diplomat continued, "In the end, you are all united by a common goal of creating an independent, viable Palestinian state that lives in peace side by side with all its neighbours."

The informal talks with the participation of eight Palestinian political forces will be held at Moscow's Institute of Oriental Studies, until Tuesday. The talks coincided with the Middle East Peace conference in Paris, which both Israel and Palestine have refused taken part in.

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