Putin talks with Trump over Israel-Palestine conflict
Published : Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 at 9:36 AM Count : 161
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he made a call with American president Donald Trump to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"I just spoke with American President Trump," Putin told Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas before continuing the talks behind closed doors. "Obviously we spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
The Palestinian leader was visiting Moscow in a bid to secure Putin's support after Trump outraged the Palestinians and their allies by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, AFP reports.
The "situation is far from what we want to see," Putin said, adding that he has "always supported the Palestinian people".
"It is very important for us to know your personal opinion in order to set the record straight and put in place a common approach to solve this problem," Putin told his guest.
Trump told Putin that "now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement", according to a White House statement.
Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's decision at the end of last year.
"Given the atmosphere created by the United State's actions, we ... refuse any cooperation with the United States as a mediator," said Abbas.
"In case of an international meeting, we ask that the United States be not the only mediator, but just one of the mediators."
Abbas's meeting with Putin came two weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also visited Moscow.
Netanyahu on Monday said he had been in talks with Washington about annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move condemned by a top Palestinian official as "land theft".
The White House denied Netanyahu's claims, in a rare public show of disunity.
Palestinians see the US Jerusalem decision, which poke with years of international diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.
Abbas, who is due to speak at the United Nations Security Council on Fepuary 20, has promised his people to work towards full recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN.
Palestinian statehood is recognised by more than 130 countries.