Russia to carry on dialogue with Yasser Arafat - legitimate leader of Palestinian people: Russian Foreign Minister

Russia will carry on dialogue with Yasser Arafat, the legitimate leader of the Palestinian people, Igor Ivanov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said at a news conference following a meeting with his French counterpart Dominique de Villepin.

Moscow believes President George Bush's recent statement on the Middle East does contain a number of theses the international community might take advantage of when searching for solutions to the Mideastern problem, said Mr Ivanov.

For the global community to be able to achieve success in its mission in the region, dialogue with Palestine and Israel is indispensable, said the minister.

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