Putin's proposal would engage
"We confirm our call for a
broad international conference in the Middle East and we see the number of
supporters of this proposal growing," Putin said in a statement that he read to
reporters as he stood alongside
"But it should be well prepared and the agenda [should] include the Palestinian and the Lebanese and Syrian tracks," he said.
Putin, who spoke after three
hours of closed-door talks with the Jordanian monarch, first called for a Middle
East peace conference during a visit to
King Abdullah said Tuesday
"President Putin and I agreed that negotiations toward the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian state should be accelerated," he said.
Later Tuesday, Putin met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and expressed hope that economic sanctions against the Palestinian government would be lifted soon.
"We hope that very soon
conditions will be created for lifting the blockade. It will be lifted to allow
you to take the next step toward full-scale settlement," Putin was heard telling
Abbas at the start of their 50-minute talks at
He also told Abbas that it
would be "very useful" if an Israeli soldier captured in
Abbas told Putin that "if there are no unpleasant surprises," the Hamas government would resign in the next two or three days and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas would then form a government with Abbas' rival Fatah faction.
(In yesterday’s edition, True North reported on the resignation — Editor.)
Fatah and Hamas agreed at
Saudi-sponsored talks in
Putin has stressed the
A statement released after Putin's meeting with Abdullah focused on economic cooperation. It said agreements had been signed for the sale of Russian Ka-226 general purpose helicopters and the possible assembly in Jordan of AvtoVAZ's Lada cars.
Also Tuesday, Putin paid a
quick visit to the biblical baptismal site on River
He thanked Abdullah for a
plot of land that