Moscow Ready to Host New Round of Palestinian Dialogue

A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Moscow Ready to Host New Round of Palestinian Dialogue

A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov held on Thursday a comprehensive round of talks with a visiting Hamas delegation in Moscow.

The Russian diplomat said the meeting was useful and constructive, according to the official Tass news agency. He added that the delegation included three members from the Hamas leadership, including Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk.

“Everyone understands the importance of traditionally friendly Russian-Palestinian relations, and we maintain contact with all the leading political and social forces in Palestine,” Bogdanov was quoted as saying.

He noted that the discussions touched on the Palestinian reconciliation, underlining that his country has renewed its call for a new round of negotiations between the Palestinian factions in Moscow.

The deputy minister explained that Russia has repeatedly reiterated its willingness to make additional efforts in this regard.

“We are always ready to present the Moscow platform for public meetings, bilateral or trilateral talks, based on the request of the Palestinians themselves,” he stated.

Bogdanov continued as reported by Tass: “We, on our part, reaffirmed our unwavering principled stance - to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of 1967 with the capital in East Jerusalem. And this position is based exactly on the well-known international legal framework of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”

The Russian official went on to say that Thursday’s meeting tackled developments in Jerusalem, where Russia emphasized the need to stop the escalation.

The Hamas delegation, which includes Marzouk, Fathi Hammad and Hussam Badran, in addition to the movement's representative in Moscow, held other meetings with parliamentarians and representatives of Russian social organizations.



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.