Abbas Meets Putin, Macron, Pushes for Holding Elections in Jerusalem
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was looking forward for Russia’s support in pushing forward the political process.
Abbas met on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palestinian presidency’s headquarters in Bethlehem.
He expressed his appreciation for Putin’s support in the Arab world, saying: “We have issues to be discussed, whether Israel’s announcement of the annexation of areas and the Deal of the Century… in addition to the elections in Jerusalem.”
Putin, for his part, underlined the deep-rooted relations between Russia and Palestine.
He said he was ready for any political, economic and humanitarian cooperation, as well as for the process of political settlement between the Palestinians and Israelis.
The Palestinian president’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said that the meeting between Abbas and Putin “carried a message to Israel and the whole world that Russia stands firmly on the side of the Palestinian people, their just cause and their right to a two-state solution.”
Abbas received his Russian counterpart in Bethlehem, hours after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Ramallah.
Macron underlined his country’s support for the peace process in the region on the basis of the two-state solution.
France will continue to support the Palestinian people in building their institutions and economy, he said.
The Palestinian president, for his part, highlighted France’s role in “saving the political process from the stalemate caused by Israel’s intransigence.”
Abbas also stressed his seriousness in seeking to hold legislative and presidential elections in the Palestinian territories, including inside occupied Jerusalem, calling for a French and European role in pressing the Israeli government to allow the participation of the people of Jerusalem in these elections.
Abbas is scheduled to meet in Bethlehem on Friday with Prince Charles, the British crown prince.
The world leaders were in Israel to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.