Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and
Mideast Envoy Alexander Sultanov (R) speaks to the media after meeting
with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem in Damascus, capital of Syria,
July 19, 2009. Alexander Sultanov held talks with Walid Mualem on Sunday.
DAMASCUS, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister and Mideast envoy Alexander Sultanov on Sunday called on Israel to stop
building all kinds of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian
He made the appeal when meeting with Syrian Foreign
Minister Walid al-Moallem here on Sunday.
After their talks, Sultanov told reporters that he
and Moallem discussed the prospect of convening Moscow Mideast Peace Conference,
bilateral relations, Mideast peace process and various regional issues.
The stances of Russia and Syria are close on most
regional and international issues, Sultanov said.
On Saturday, the Russian deputy foreign minister met
in Russian embassy with Khaled Meshaal, exiled chief of the Hamas movement.
The two discussed the latest developments in Middle
East region, Palestinian-Israeli conflicts as well as the reconciliation of
The Russian diplomat urged the Palestinian leader to
take national interests above all to "overcome the split and restore unity in
Palestine as quickly as possible."
To revitalize the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian
peace process, Russia is planning to host an international peace conference on
the Middle East in Moscow under the framework of the two-state solution by the
end of this year.
Before arriving in Syria on Friday, Sultanov has
visited Egypt and Lebanon. His regional trip also includes Jordan, Palestinian
territories and Israel to push forward the Moscow conference.