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Palestinian Leader Heads for Talks in Moscow

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Russian political and religious leaders during a four-day visit to Russia, a senior Palestinian official said.

MOSCOW, January 21 (RIA Novosti) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Russian political and religious leaders during a four-day visit to Russia, a senior Palestinian official said.

Abbas, who arrives in Moscow on Wednesday, is expected to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to discuss bilateral relations and the stalled talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

“Abbas’s visit takes place at the time when our talks with Israel are deadlocked,” said Nabil Shaath, Commissioner of International Relations with Fatah.

“Russia has played a huge role in reaching agreement with Iran and we are also seeing progress [in talks] on Syria. This brings us hope that the visit [of Abbas] will ensure progress in settling the Palestinian-Israeli issue,” Shaath said.

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