PA foreign minister: Abbas ready to meet Netanyahu if Russia plays host

The Times of Israel reports: “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is prepared to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Russia hosts the gathering, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told Sputnik, a Russian state-run news site.

Palestinian officials have said that Abbas agreed to accept a Russian suggestion to meet Netanyahu in Moscow last year, but the prime minister turned it down.

The last known encounter between Abbas and Netanyahu was at the funeral of former prime minister Shimon Peres in September 2016, where the two briefly exchanged pleasantries.

The last known time Abbas and Netanyahu met formally for negotiations was in September 2010 in Jerusalem.

‘Abbas is ready to meet Netanyahu without preconditions, if Moscow hosts this meeting,’ PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said in an interview with Sputnik published on Tuesday…”

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