Abbas to visit Russia in June for coordination against U.S. peace plan: official

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-01 00:49:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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RAMALLAH, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Russia in June to discuss coordination against the U.S. peace plan on ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday.

Azzam el-Ahmad, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, told the "Voice of Palestine" radio that Abbas will meet in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The talks between the two presidents will tackle the Palestinian practical steps related to protecting the highest interests of the Palestinian people and rejecting the American Deal of the Century," said el-Ahmad, without revealing the date of Abbas' visit.

The U.S. is expected to roll out the much-awaited peace plan on ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in June.

El-Ahmad visited Russia two days ago, where he handed a letter from Abbas to Russian leaders on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.

He clarified that the Palestinian side "is intensifying its moves on the regional and international levels to brief the countries' leaders on the situation in Palestine amid the complication in the ties between Israel and the Palestinians."

El-Ahmad said that during his visit to Russia, the Russian leaders affirmed that they would not accept any political process that contradicts with the international resolutions.

"Russia totally rejects the Deal of the Century or any political process that denies the Palestinian rights," he said, adding the Palestinian side is coordinating with Moscow in a bid to hold an international peace conference under the umbrella of the United Nations to implement the international resolutions.

The Palestinian Authority has decided to boycott the U.S. since the declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in last May.

The Palestinians have been calling for creating an international mechanism to sponsor the peace talks with Israel, which have been stalled since 2014 following the fruitless nine-month talks under the U.S. sponsorship.