Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, met with a Hamas delegation led by Ismail Haniyeh, Chairman of the Politburo.
According to the results of the meeting, Slutsky told reporters that the whole range of Middle East settlement issues was discussed on the basis of an internationally recognized legal framework. In this context, the head of the committee spoke with restraint on the proposals of the United States – the so-called “deal of the century”, noting that it is of a pronounced pro-Israeli character and weakly takes into account the interests of the Palestinian side. “We believe that it is necessary to seriously deal with the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We are ready at all levels, including in the parliamentary plane, to assist the negotiation process. Here we see certain opportunities for parliamentary diplomacy, ”said the head of the committee.
They also discussed a number of other components of the Middle East settlement and the regional agenda, Slutsky added.