MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia supports the restoration of national unity in Palestine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
"The Russian side reaffirmed its support for efforts to restore Palestinian unity based on the political platform of the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] and the Arab peace initiative," a statement on the ministry’s website said.
Earlier in the day, Sergei Lavrov held a meeting with Khaled Mashaal, the head of the Hamas political bureau, on the sidelines of his working visit to Doha, Qatar.
The unity government will pave the way toward parliamentary and presidential elections.
On June 17, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s resignation and announced plans to dissolve the government.
The following month, the Palestinian National Authority said a reshuffle of the Palestinian Cabinet had been agreed upon. However, Hamas said the move was unconstitutional and lacked consensus.