Abbas is ready to meet Netanyahu

Frederick Owens
May 10, 2017

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that he is willing to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to explore a renewal of peace talks when U.S. President Donald Trump comes to the region later this month.

"I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump", Abbas said at the time.

"I updated the German president about the actions we are carrying out for our people, the Palestinian people, to achieve their freedom and their independence".

Much time has already been spent on efforts to set up a state of Palestine alongside Israel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

He made it clear that "we are ready to be part of genuine and true peace talks under the Trump administration's umbrella, and ready to cooperate, but will never compromise" on Palestinians' rights, the spokesman added.

President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Tuesday his commitment to a just peace based on global resolutions, the two-state solution and the pursuit of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Trump is also expected in Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip.

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The visit to Israel is expected on May 22, though it has not been officially confirmed. American-brokered peace talks between the two sides failed amid mutual recriminations in April 2014.

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"We will get it done", Trump said, boasting his deal-making prowess.

He said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see their country annex most of the occupied West Bank.

"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

"We reaffirm our commitment to peace based on justice, global legitimacy and the two-state solution, the pursuit of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and living side by side with the State of Israel in security, peace and good-neighborly relations", Abbas said during a press conference with Steinmeier.

JEDDAH: Palestinians are ready to engage in constructive peace talks and meet with the Israeli side if certain conditions are met, a top official said.

The last substantial public meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu is thought to have been in 2010, although there have been unconfirmed reports of secret meetings since then.

Steinmeier arrived in Israel on Saturday for a three-day visit and met with Israeli leaders on Sunday. "From our point of view, there is no other negotiable solution, therefore now is definitely the time to work on the requirements for it".

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