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Abbas meets Putin, voices concern over US policy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, expressing concern about Washington’s behavior in the region, ahead of a summit between the Russian leader and US President Donald Trump in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

According to Press TV, during the meeting on Saturday, the two sides discussed the situation in the Middle East, the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, as well as Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Territories.

The Palestinian president voiced concern that the embassy relocation was the first step to carry out the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’, proposed by the American president. “… we think that the first step on the way to that plan was the transfer of the US embassy to al-Quds.”

The so-called deal, a backchannel plan to allegedly reach a peace settlement between Zionist regime and Palestinians, was proposed by the US administration late last year. Although the plan has not been released, leaks signal it will consist of the same tried-and-failed ideas.

Palestinians believe that the deal suggests building their own al-Quds from areas surrounding the existing city and forget about the historical place. They also believe that the US-drafted plan calls for keeping borders and security under Israeli control, while it keeps Israeli settlements’ final borders to be discussed in later negotiations.

Earlier in June, Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said Trump’s much touted “Deal of the Century” aimed to terminate the Palestinian cause. Nasrallah said Israeli officials had been seeking to change the demographic make-up of al-Quds ever since the Tel Aviv regime was created.

Last month, Trump’s senior Adviser, Jared Kushner, said details of the proposed deal would be announced soon.

Relations between the US and Palestine deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to relocate the embassy.