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President Putin hosting Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine Haidar Aganin, on the occasion of the end of his service Wednesday, stressed that “Palestine was and will remain the priority issue for him wherever he is,” Ma’an reported.

Speaking at the PA foreign ministry in Ramallah, Aganin then expressed his delight in completing his final task as ambassador by submitting to his hosts a draft agreement to exempt Palestinian Authority passport holders from having to request a visa when entering the Russian Federation.


The Ambassador explained that the gesture was intended to “facilitate communication with Palestinian officials and to strengthen relations with their Russian counterparts.”

She expressed deep appreciation for Ambassador Aganin’s efforts to develop and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries during his term of office as the representative office of the Russian Federation.

Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Amal Jado thanked Ambassador Aganin his important achievements at both the “political and bilateral levels” and for “the continued support Russia gives the Palestinian people.”

Last Friday, the Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin was studying the possibility of meeting with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in June, in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

It should be noted that when Putin invites Israeli PM Netanyahu it’s usually to Moscow…