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Russian foreign minister meets Hamas leader in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov makes a speech during the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2020. [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Munich, Germany on 15 February 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

Russia's foreign minister discussed on Monday issues of mutual interest with Hamas political chief, Anadolu Agency reports.

The meeting between Sergey Lavrov and Ismail Haniyeh, which was held in Moscow, deliberated on the situation in Gaza Strip and inter-Palestinian reconciliation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Ways to restore Palestinian national unity on the political platform of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were discussed in detail," said a statement posted on the ministry's website.

"Various aspects of the current situation around the Gaza Strip were also considered, including in the context of efforts to achieve a lasting and comprehensive Middle East settlement on an internationally recognized legal basis," it added.

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Last week Lavrov met Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of the Palestinian Fatah movement's central committee, in the Russian capital.

The meetings came in the wake of a so-called Middle East "peace plan" announced by US President Donald Trump earlier this year, which recognized Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided capital."

The plan was rejected by Palestine, Arab League as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Palestinian territories are under Israeli occupation since 1967.

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