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Russian, Palestinian presidents to meet on Tuesday

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands before their meeting at the Presidential Residence in Sochi, Russia, on 10 May, 2017 [Palestinian Presidency Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands before their meeting at the Presidential Residence in Sochi, Russia, on 10 May, 2017 [Palestinian Presidency Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, will meet with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, in Russia's resort city of Sochi on Tuesday, a Kremlin statement said and Anadolu News Agency reports.

Putin and Abbas will discuss further development of bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East, "taking into account Russia's efforts for a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," the statement said.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict dates back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous Balfour Declaration, called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

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