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Abbas to Putin: We don’t trust America to mediate conflict with Israel

Israel National News reports: “Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas met on Thursday with Russian President Vladmir Putin, Reuters reported.

During the meeting, the PA chairman restated his mistrust of Washington in resolving the conflict with Israel and expressed appreciation for Russia’s role in the process.

Abbas reiterated his support for the so-called Quartet of international mediators – Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union – but said the United States could not be left a free hand to act alone.

‘We don’t trust America and you know our position. We don’t trust it, we don’t rely on it, and under no circumstances can we accept that America is the sole party in resolving a problem,’ Abbas was quoted as having told Putin at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Kazakhstan.

‘It can be within the Quartet since it is a great country but we will never accept it as the only one,’ he added…”

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