UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Abu Dhabi where they discussed regional developments, primarily the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip, state news agency WAM reported.
The leaders noted that it was important for the international community to act toward reaching a ceasefire in the strip, protecting civilians and guaranteeing the delivery of humanitarian aid.
They also reaffirmed the need to work toward devising a clear approach to achieve “permanent and comprehensive peace” in the region based on the two-state solution.
Israel unleashed its ruthless campaign on Gaza in response to an attack on October 7 by Hamas fighters, in which 1,200 people died and some 240 hostages were taken, according to Israeli officials.
Palestinian media said on Tuesday Israel has killed at least 16,248 people including 7,112 children and 4,885 women since October 7. Thousands more are missing and feared buried under rubble.
On the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the UAE’s support of settling disputes across the world via dialogue and diplomacy toward what strengthens global peace and security.
Following their meeting, Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
This is only the Russian leader’s third trip outside the former Soviet Union since he invaded Ukraine, after visits to Iran and China.
Putin has since March been wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that has accused him of deporting Ukrainian children.
He skipped the BRICS summit in South Africa in August to avoid causing a “political show” and missed the in-person flagship G20 summit in September.
But neither the UAE nor Saudi Arabia have signed the ICC’s founding treaty, which means they would not have to arrest him.
Upon his return to Moscow, Putin will host Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi for talks on Thursday, the Kremlin has said, as the two countries strengthen economic and military ties in the face of Western sanctions.