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Palestinian, Israeli Leaders To Visit Moscow Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas will travel to Moscow next week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the opening of Europe's largest mosque, a Palestinian Embassy spokesman has said.

Abbas will take part in the opening ceremony of the Moscow Grand Mosque, embassy spokesman Ahmed Muslih said on September 18.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to meet with Putin in Moscow next week to discuss Russia's military support for the Damascus regime and "threats" facing Israel, his office said.

The visits come amid a fresh push by Moscow to resolve the four-year Syrian crisis that has claimed more than 240,000 lives.

Other Middle Eastern leaders, including Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have flocked to the Russian capital in recent weeks.

Abbas last visited Moscow in April, when he and Putin discussed bilateral relations, as well as peace and security in the Middle East.

Based on reporting by AFP

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