Ab­bas ac­cepts Rus­sian plan for Is­rael talks

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PALES­TINIAN Pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas has agreed to a Rus­sian pro­posal for him to meet Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu as part of a new peace push.

Mr Ne­tanyahu has said he is open to such a meet­ing to­gether with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

But the Pales­tini­ans have ques­tioned Is­rael’s com­mit­ment to the ini­tia­tive and dis­agree­ments have de­railed pre­vi­ous at­tempts.

“We told the Rus­sian side that Pres­i­dent Ab­bas has ac­cepted the Rus­sian ini­tia­tive over the meet­ing with Ne­tanyahu with Pres­i­dent Putin in Moscow,” said Abed al-Hafeez No­fal, the Pales­tinian am­bas­sador to Moscow.

“But it is clear for us that the Is­raelis are evad­ing the re­quire­ments of the meet­ing,” he told AFP by phone, without pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails.

The am­bas­sador said the Pales­tinian side “had planned for the meet­ing to take place on Septem­ber 9”.

But he said the talks had been post­poned in­def­i­nitely “af­ter Is­rael’s de­ci­sion to take a pause and have a think about agree­ing”. –

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