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12:00 AM, September 18, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 AM, September 18, 2020

No ME peace without solving Palestinian issue

Says Russia, urges global players to ‘ramp up coordinated efforts’ to solve the problem

Russia yesterday said it would be a "mistake" to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

The foreign ministry statement came after Israel normalised relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday.

The deals broke with decades of Arab consensus that there would be no normalisation of relations with Israel until it had made peace with the Palestinians and drew accusations of "betrayal" against the Western-backed Gulf states. 

Russia said it noted "progress" in the normalisation of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that "the Palestinian problem remains acute."

"It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilisation in the Middle East."

Moscow urged regional and global players to "ramp up coordinated efforts" to solve the issue. "Russia is ready for such joint work," including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the foreign ministry said.

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East. 

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