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Putin, Rouhani discuss Gaza cease-fire

Members of Palestinian rescue services inspect the rubble of building, destroyed by an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

MOSCOW: The presidents of Iran and Russia discussed by telephone Friday the need for an end to the conflict in Gaza and renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks, the Kremlin said.

The conversation between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani was initiated by Tehran and was prompted by concerns over the "sharp escalation of the crisis" since Israel began its land offensive in Gaza, it said.

"Both sides stressed the need for a speedy end to the armed conflict and the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," the Kremlin said. The two leaders also spoke about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, it said.

 

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