Lavrov assessed the idea of ​​multilateral negotiations on Middle East

Moscow supports the decisions of the League of Arab States (LAS) on the transition to multilateral negotiations on a Middle East settlement issue, and is ready for such work, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“We have a common approach to the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, today we also talked about this a lot”, – Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with Jordanian Foreign Minister Hussein Abdullah al-Safadi held in Moscow.

He noted that Russia and Jordan have traditionally been consistently committed to the established international legal framework for resolving this conflict, including the UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

“Within our negotiations, we emphasized that attempts to overcome the conflict based on the policy of fait accompli, through unilateral actions, in favor of one of the parties to the conflict are counterproductive, which is confirmed by the reaction expressed by overwhelming majority of the world countries to the so-called “deal of a century” that our American colleagues proposed to us”, – the Russian minister noted.

The diplomat emphasized that in order to solve any problem, dialogue and agreement of all parties involved is necessary.

“In this regard, we expressed support for the decisions that were adopted in early February in Cairo at the meeting of the League of Arab States, which recorded a proposal to move to a multilateral negotiation process under international auspices. We are ready for such work”, – Lavrov said.

On January 28, the US President Donald Trump presented a peace plan, known as the “deal of a century”. The White House Plan recognizes Jerusalem as the single and indivisible capital of Israel, opens up the possibility for Israel to annex the Palestinian territories on the West Bank and extend its sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and also proposes the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state, deprived of control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan proposes the village of Abu Dis in the eastern suburbs of Jerusalem.

Palestinians and Arab countries did not accept this plan, since, in their opinion, it deprives Palestinians of the right to those territories that are provided for by the UN resolutions. Head of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, also rejected the new plan, saying that Palestinians insisted on recognizing their state within 1967 with its capital in Jerusalem.


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