Netanyahu and Abbas Agree to Meet in Moscow

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Headlines from Jerusalem, 9 September 2016

“Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually” Hosea 12:6

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Netanyahu and Abbas Agree to Meet in Moscow

Russia’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Thursday evening declaring that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow, although no date has yet been set for a summit. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added that “Intensive contacts on this matter are continuing” and implied that further announcements will be made soon.
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