Russian president greets Arab League leaders

In his letter addressed to the delegates of the Arab League summit, the Russian president touched upon the most acute problems in the region.

One of the focuses was the Middle East peace process. The Russian president called for the countries to help bring Israel and Palestine back to the negotiating table.

President Medvedev gave a favorable review of the Middle East Quartet meeting, which took place earlier in Moscow. The president noted that after the resumption of the peace dialogue between Israel and Palestine, Moscow expects to host an international conference on the Middle East peace process and hopes Arab countries will contribute to creating the necessary conditions for this conference.

The dialogue ground to a halt after Israel announced it would build 1600 houses in East Jerusalem. The move was unanimously condemned by Arab leaders at the annual summit in Libya.

Speaking of Iran's nuclear program, Medvedev insisted diplomatic action was the only preferred option, though he did not rule out sanctions. However, the president stressed that sanctions must be very fine tuned and could not be aimed at the civilian population.

Medvedev also pointed to a positive change in Iraq and expressed hopes that recent parliamentary elections would be a step forward towards consolidation of Iraqi society and strengthening of the country’s sovereignty.

The president concluded his letter by saying that Russia is open for multidimensional cooperation with the Arab League countries to further work for the peace and stability in the world.