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Russia: Israel, Palestinian leaders agree to meet for talks

FILE -- In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, . Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks. The ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that Moscow has heard from the offices of Abbas and Netanyahu that he two are confirming they agreed to meet in Moscow, though it’s not clear when that will happen. No date has been set. (Martin Bureau/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE -- In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, . Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks. The ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that Moscow has heard from the offices of Abbas and Netanyahu that he two are confirming they agreed to meet in Moscow, though it’s not clear when that will happen. No date has been set. (Martin Bureau/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow for talks.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that Moscow has heard from the offices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the two agreed to meet in Moscow, though it's not clear when that will happen.

She says that "the most important thing is to pick the right timing."

The comments indicated that Russia is pushing forward with its efforts to host the meeting. Abbas said this week that a meeting scheduled in Moscow had been postponed at Israel's request.

Abbas and Netanyahu exchanged a brief handshake last year at a global climate change conference in Paris but have not held a public working meeting since 2010.