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Russia's FM Cancels Visit to Israel  


Sat 11 Dec 2021 | 05:38 PM
Ahmed Moamar

The Russian (Novosti) news agency quoted the Israeli media as saying that Russia's Foreign Minister (FM) Sergei Lavrov canceled an upcoming visit to Israel scheduled for next week, until further notice.

the Israeli "KAN" channel had quoted a diplomatic source as saying that the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to Israel, which was scheduled to start tomorrow, Sunday, has been postponed indefinitely.

According to the source, Lavrov canceled his entire visit to the Middle East.

Lavrov was scheduled to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian territories, today, Saturday, where he will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday.

He was scheduled to visit the Palestinian territories on Monday; to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, the status quo capital city of Palestine.

Last Tuesday, Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian President's special envoy to the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister, said that Lavrov would make a working visit to Israel and Morocco next week.

On the other hand, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said last Monday that, instead of resolving the conflict, the United States of America (USA) is giving Israel the time to complete the annexation of the West Bank, in light of the settlement expansion plans that the occupation is accelerating in implementing in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called on the international community and the American administration to stop the policy of managing the conflict and to take the necessary practical steps to resolve it, in accordance with international peace references, the principle of land for peace, and the vision of the two-state solution.