Putin to meet with Abbas to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement

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Head of state plans to met with the Secretaries of the SCO Security Councils to discuss the prospects of space industry

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with the President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, who is paying a working visit to Russia. According to the press service of the Kremlin, "during the upcoming talks, the leaders will discuss the key aspects of the Russian-Palestinian relations, will consider the ways to intensify them focusing on the trade-economic and humanitarian spheres."

Heads of state will pay particular attention to the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. "It is planned to exchange views on the prospects of the Israel-Palestine negotiation process, as well as on other current regional affairs," the Kremlin states.

Earlier, Putin repeatedly confirmed the willingness to support the course of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. "Russia has consistently advocated in favor of the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians to establish an independent, contiguous and viable state, noted Putin. We believe that if Palestine attains national sovereignty on the universally recognized international legal basis, it will be an important factor in ensuring a comprehensive and just settlement of the conflict in the Middle East." "I would like to confirm that Russia intends to continue to provide every possible assistance to the Palestinian authorities in developing state institutions and dealing with the current social and economic problems", noted Putin on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the end of the previous year.

According to the press service of the government, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also plans to discuss bilateral trade-economic relations with Abbas today. "During the talks, Medvedev and Abbas will discuss key directions of the bilateral cooperation in investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as other issues of mutual interest," noted the Cabinet.

Meeting with Secretaries of SCO Security Councils

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will also meet with the Secretaries of the Security Councils of the member and observer states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). As reported by the press service of the Head of State, "the meeting will be held before the 10th annual meeting of the Secretaries of the SCO Security Councils, during which it is planned to discuss security issues in the territory of the SCO member states."

By tradition, the Head of the country presiding in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization receives the Secretaries of the Security Councils before the meeting of the Council of the Heads of the SCO member states. For the first time, this event will involve the representatives of the observer states - Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Belarus, says the Kremlin press service.

The previous meeting between the Russian President and the Security Councils Secretaries of the SCO member states took place on 20 May, 2009.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was founded in 2001. At present, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are among its members. At the summit, which is to be held in Ufa on July 8-10, it is expected to adopt a comprehensive development program for this international organization until 2025. The document will identify the targets the organization plans to meet by the specified year.

Space industry prospects under discussion

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and head of the Federal Space agency of the Russian Federation Igor Komarov, during which the state and prospects of the Russian space industry will be discussed. As previously reported by the press secretary of the Head of State Dmitry Peskov, the upcoming meeting would be timed to Cosmonautics Day.

"The President will hold a meeting with Rogozin and Komarov, who will report how astronautics develops, which things are focused on and treated as priorities, said Peskov. The current state and prospects of the space industry will be extensively discussed."

The spokesperson for the Kremlin said that the situation concerning the cosmodrome “Vostochny” wasn`t on the agenda of the meeting that day. "There`s no cosmodrome issue on the agenda of the meeting," he told reporters. However, Peskov didn`t exclude that "some reports (on the situation at the "Vostochny" cosmodrome) would be delivered." "But this is not the key purpose of the meeting planned for Monday," said the spokesman.

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