Palestinian President Abbas says no meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Moscow

2016-09-06 15:17:44 GMT2016-09-06 23:17:44(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WARSAW, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Tuesday he would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Sept. 9 as had initially been planned, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported.

Abbas, speaking at a press conference in Warsaw after meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda, explained the meeting had been proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I was to leave Warsaw for Moscow to meet with Netanyahu. Unfortunately, Netanyahu's representative, during Monday's talks with President Putin's representatives, proposed postponing the meeting," said Abbas.

"The meeting will not be held, but I declare that I will attend the next planned meeting in Moscow or any country in the world as dialogue is the only road leading to peace for the Palestinian nation," Abbas declared.

Abbas started his visit to Poland on Tuesday morning.

Earlier, Abbas conditioned on Saturday that Israel had to implement its commitments toward the Palestinians in order to hold a meeting with Netanyahu to discuss permanent status questions.

Egypt and France had also presented initiatives to push forward the peace process that has been stalled between Israel and the Palestinians since the suspension of their direct talks sponsored by the United States in April 2014.