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Russia says it's leading new peace talks between Israel and Palestine

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Russia is going to be a key player in the Middle East peace process as the host country for future peace meetings between Israel and Palestine, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet on an unspecified date.

No progress in two-and-a-half years

The announcement indicates that Russia is pushing forward with its attempt to become a peace broker in the region after a setback earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said a meeting scheduled in Moscow this week had been delayed at Israel's request.

The last round of peace talks broke down two and a half years ago, with no progress reported during months of negotiations brokered by the United States.


The leaders have decades' worth of issues to discuss, including the construction of Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestinians.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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