Russian report: Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet

The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry claimed that the two leaders “agreed in principle” to meet in Moscow. However, no date has been set yet for the meeting. In addition, neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority (PA) have confirmed the report.
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The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry claimed today (Thursday) that PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “agreed in principle” to meet in Moscow after both of them accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal. According to the reports in Russia, a date for the meeting has not yet been set. Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority (PA) have confirmed the report.

On Tuesday, JOL reported that Netanyahu clarified that he is prepared to meet with Abbas at any place including Moscow. During a visit to Holland, Netanyahu explained that he is ready to meet with Abbas but stressed that the real question remains whether or not the PA leader is willing to hold a meeting without any preconditions.

Earlier, Abbas clarified that he is not planning to meet with Netanyahu in Moscow. “President Putin proposed a meeting for September 9th in Moscow,” said Abbas during a joint press conference with the Polish President in Warsaw. “I agreed to this and I was prepared to travel to Moscow straight from here but Prime Minister Netanyahu asked yesterday to postpone the meeting during a conversation with the Russian envoy [to the Middle East] and thus, there will not be a meeting this week.”

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