MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman of Saudi Arabia in a phone call on Monday exchanged views on the Syrian political settlement and expressed concern over the deterioration of the situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
According to the statement, the sides discussed the Syrian crisis in a follow up of the October 23 ministerial meeting in Vienna and "subsequent contacts at various levels and formats."
Putin and King Salman "also discussed the Middle east settlement and expressed concern over the continuing deterioration of the situation in Israel and Palestine," the Kremlin said.
Palestinians seek diplomatic and economic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. Israel has been building settlements on the occupied territories, despite objections from the United Nations.