Putin discusses Israel-Palestine conflict with Trump via phone ahead of Abbas meeting

President Vladimir Putin told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas he discussed the Arab-Israeli peace process during a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump, Russian media reports.

Putin made the remarks while meeting with Abbas on Monday evening, TASS reports. “I just had a phone conversation with the President of the United States of America, [Donald] Trump,” the Russian President said.

“Of course, we also talked about the Israeli-Palestinian settlement,” he said, adding that Trump wished Abbas “all the best.”

Starting bilateral talks with Abbas, Putin underlined “the depth and quality” of Russia-Palestine ties, adding there is still much to be done. “The situation in the region is far from the one that we would like to see,” he said.

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