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MOSCOW, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow is ready to facilitate direct dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

"We will do this both through bilateral efforts ... and as a member of the international quartet of Middle East mediators," Lavrov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki here.

The international quartet is composed of the United Nations, Russia, the European Union and the United States.

Direct dialogue would be aimed at resolving all permanent status issues, Lavrov said, stressing the urgent need for de-escalation that would be in the interests of both sides.

The Palestinian minister expressed hope that the role of the Middle East Quartet would be strengthened with the Biden administration.

"The situation has now changed. A new administration has come to power, which is aware of its role and responsibility in the Middle East Quartet," al-Maliki said.

"We expect that this will help restore confidence and foster cooperation between members of the quartet and ultimately lead to a ministerial meeting of the mediators that will accelerate the resumption of negotiations," he said.

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