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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mideast Conference

MOSCOW -- After years spent on the sidelines of the Middle East peace process, Moscow now hopes to take a more active role by hosting a ministerial conference on the issue later this month, officials said Friday.

The two-day meeting set to open Jan. 31 is expected to include the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Canada, Japan, as well as representatives of the Palestinians and the European Union.

"The meeting is intended to support the peace process and re-launch the multilateral talks on the key regional issues, interrupted four years ago," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Plans also call for a detailed discussion on the Arab-Israeli settlement and coordination of further steps to advance it."