Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the recent advances in the Palestinian cause on Thursday, according to the Palestinian local news agency.
According to local media, Israeli and Palestinian officials discussed “the current advances in the Palestinian cause and means of enhancing outstanding bilateral ties” during a phone call.
The Palestinian president expressed that there must be a ministerial-level International Quartet Committee conference in order to find a solution to the Palestinian problem “based on international legitimacy decisions.”
The International Quartet Committee on the Middle East Peace Process was founded in 2002 by Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations.
Abbas also called for an end to “unilateral Israeli policies of settlement growth, seizure of lands, destroying houses, deporting Palestinians from Jerusalem,” “abusing detainees,” “detaining the corpses of martyrs,” and “ending the terrorism of Israeli settlers.”
He further said that the situation will explode if Israel keeps up its current tactics.
Abbas also warned that the “choking of the Palestinian economy” and Israel’s rejection of a two-state solution would not go unchecked.
During their meeting, Abbas and Putin promised to keep in touch “on all subjects of shared interest,” local media noted.