Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace courtyard in Warsaw, Poland, September 6, 2016. Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via REUTERS
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The Palestinian president Tuesday said he had been set to meet the Israeli prime minister in Moscow this week but that Israel asked to delay the meeting until an unspecified later date. The comments by Mahmoud Abbas came amid a series of efforts by Russia and other countries to hold the first substantive meeting with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in several years.Speaking in Warsaw, Abbas said Tuesday that he had accepted an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to a meeting with Netanyahu on Sept. 9 ."I was to go directly from here to Moscow to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu," he said. However, he said the Israelis had informed a Russian envoy Monday that the meeting should be put off to a later date.Netanyahu has rejected the terms and said a meeting should take place without conditions.At a news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, he reiterated his position of readiness to meet Abbas for direct talks without preconditions.
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