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Putin discusses Mideast with Trump, hosts Abbas

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian said today at the start of talks with Palestinian leader that he had discussed the conflict with his US counterpart

"I just spoke with American Trump," Putin told Abbas before continuing the talks behind closed doors. "Obviously we spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The Palestinian leader was visiting in a bid to secure Putin's support after Trump outraged the Palestinians and their allies by recognising as Israel's capital.

The "situation is far from what we want to see," Putin told his guest, adding that he has "always supported the Palestinian people".

"It is very important for us to know your personal opinion in order to set the record straight and put in place a common approach to solve this problem," Putin said.

Abbas has refused any contact with since Washington's decision at the end of last year.

"Given the atmosphere created by the United States' actions, we... refuse any cooperation with the as a mediator," said Abbas.

"In case of an international meeting, we ask that the be not the only mediator, but just one of the mediators."

Abbas's meeting with Putin came two weeks after Israeli also visited

Netanyahu on Monday said he had been in talks with about annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move condemned by a top Palestinian official as "land theft".

The denied Netanyahu's claims in a rare public show of disunity.

Palestinians see the US decision on Jerusalem, which broke with years of international diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.

Abbas, who is due to speak at the Security Council on February 20, has promised his people to work towards full recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 00:55 IST