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Netanyahu thanks Putin for discovery of soldier's remains

AP  |  Moscow 

Israeli on Thursday thanked for its assistance in finding the remains of an Israeli soldier missing in battle since 1982.

is meeting with Russian in visit just five days before at home. The vote is largely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has campaigned on his foreign policy prowess and relations with world leaders.

On Wednesday, announced the recovery of the remains of a soldier who went missing in a 1982 battle with Syrian forces in Putin acknowledged that had worked to retrieve Zachary Baumel's remains from

"Our military together with Syrian partners established the place of his burial," Putin said at the start of the meeting. "We are very pleased that at home they can give him the necessary military honours."

Cases of missing soldiers have a powerful emotional and political resonance in Israel, where military service is compulsory for most Jewish men. lauded the repatriation of Baumel's remains as an "expression of mutual responsibility and feeling of unity" that epitomises

The trip to Moscow, made at Netanyahu's request, came a week after he travelled to and met with US at the Netanyahu also hosted Brazilian in earlier this week.

Before departing from Israel, Netanyahu said he and Putin would "discuss events in Syria," including the "special coordination between our militaries."

The Kremlin said earlier this week the two would "compare notes" during a brief meeting, the two leaders' third in recent months. and have a military hotline to coordinate air force operations over

Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term in the elections next Tuesday.

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First Published: Thu, April 04 2019. 16:55 IST