MOSCOW - Russia hosted representatives of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Monday and praised a power-sharing deal that US President Barack Obama has called an "enormous obstacle" to Middle East peace.
"We very much value your agreement," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told members of Fatah, Hamas and other parties to the deal signed early this month in Cairo.
"All peoples need unity, not least the Palestinian people, who are justly seeking a solution to their task of creating a state," Lavrov said.
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