Russia's President Vladimir Putin embraces his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas.

FM officially welcomes Russian efforts in Palestine

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Palestine is grateful for Russia’s cooperation in many spheres, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said Wednesday.

“We thank Russia for all the efforts to help us in many areas,” Sputnik International quoted Maliki as saying.

He added, that the Middle East is currently experiencing a “big political deadlock.”

Earlier Wednesday, a two-day international meeting to promote a resolution of the conflict began in Russia’s capital Moscow.

Palestinians pursue the diplomatic recognition of their independent state in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel to pull out from territories it seized in 1967.

Russia is one of 135 out of the 193 United Nations member states that have formally recognized the State of Palestine. The most recent 2014 round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine failed to provide a resolution.