Russia welcomes Abbas's decision of talks with Hamas

09:12, March 18, 2011      

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Russia welcomes the decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accept an invitation from the Islamic Hamas movement to go to the Gaza Strip for talks, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

"Moscow has perceived with satisfaction these planned steps to reach inter-Palestinian accord and consider its fast implementation important," the ministry said in a statement.

"Reconciliation, what Russia called for, will strengthen Palestinian ranks, create necessary basis for substantive Palestine-Israel talks and especially for implementation of future agreements in the context of an independent, viable, integrated, sovereign Palestinian state," the ministry said.

On Wednesday, Abbas said he is ready to go to Gaza Strip in translating of public desire to end split between Gaza and the West Bank.

Abbas's visit to Gaza will be the first time since June 2007, when Hamas routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza.

Source: Xinhua

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