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May 6, 2021

Russian President Medvedev on rare West Bank visit

Jericho – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is making a rare visit to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian leaders on how to revive collapsed peace process. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking Russian support for a tougher stance towards Jewish settlements at the UN Security Council, BBC reports. Mr Medvedev will meet Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Wednesday. He had been due to go to Israel, but the plans were shelved after Israeli foreign ministry staff went on strike. Mr Medvedev will travel through the occupied West Bank on Tuesday to the town of Jericho, where he will meet President Abbas. The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Jerusalem says that as well as trying to expand trade links, Mr Abbas will be keen to have his counterpart’s ear on the issue of the peace talks, which were suspended in September.

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