Abbas accepts Russian plan for Israel talks
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”. –