Abbas: No Meeting With Netanyahu in Moscow Planned

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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 ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. POLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN POLAND.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda (R) welcomes Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace courtyard in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday. (Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via Reuters)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that a proposed meeting in Moscow with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not be held for now.

“President Putin has proposed a meeting on Sept. 9 in Moscow. I agreed to this and I was to go to Moscow directly from here,” Abbas told a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

“Unfortunately yesterday in Jerusalem president Putin’s representative and prime minister Netanyahu’s representative held a meeting and prime minister Netanyahu’s representative proposed to postpone the meeting for later, so there will be no meeting (on Sept. 9),” Abbas said.

The last Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.