Netanyahu, Putin to Discuss Syria at UN Climate Summit in Paris

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on September 21, 2015. Credit: AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin and agreed to meet at the UN climate summit in Paris during a phone conversation Wednesday.

According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu expressed condolences to Putin over the recent Sinai plane crash. The two discussed the Palestinian issue and the Syria conflict, and agreed to further discuss Syria at the UN climate summit in Paris 10 days from now.

Officials at the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu is to arrive in Paris on November 29 and return to Israel the following day. They said they have begun coordinating meetings between Netanyahu and some of the leaders expected there.

It is unclear whether Netanyahu will meet U.S. President Barack Obama, considering they just met last week at the White House. Other leaders expected at the conference include French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi.

The summit has been planned for some time, and was one of the French government’s crowning glories of 2015. Despite the wave of recent terror attacks, the summit will be held without any change but under heavier security than originally planned.

Although the summit will deal with global warming and reducing carbon emissions, world leaders are sure to spend part of their time discussing the war against ISIS.

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