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Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

28 August 2017, 01:12 | Colleen Roy

Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

"We want to work toward a peace that both sides can agree to and that both sides find sustainable".

"We know that this issue is hard and complex, but nothing is impossible in the face of good efforts", Abbas said during the parley with Kushner, according to official PA news outlet Wafa.

The Palestinian leader's remarks expressing confidence in U.S. efforts came despite the Trump administration's continued refusal to endorse the two-state solution, in order to not, as State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday, "bias one side over the other".

The visit is part of a regional tour by Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, Trump aide Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

The U.S., however, has described the trip as productive.

"We highly appreciate President Trump's efforts to strike a historical peace deal، a statement he repeated more than one time during our meetings in Washington، Riyadh and Bethlehem،" Abbas said at the start of his meeting with Kushner، according to the PA's official Wafa news agency.




However, Abbas stressed that negotiations should be based on the framework of a two-state solution and for illegal settlements to cease. Most significantly for the Palestinians was the failure to obtain economic freedom to develop what is termed "Area C" in the 1993 Oslo Accords - the section of the West Bank under both Israeli administrative and security control - and a commitment from the American interlocutors to establish dates and milestones for the negotiating process it oversees.

News about the outcomes of the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and the USA delegation hit the front pages of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Sunday.

Aloul criticized Kushner's delegation, stating, "Judging from the latest meetings, the delegates didn't bring anything new with them and didn't present any initiative".

"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort،" Khatib said.

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials.

"The settler was armed, and they took his weapon from him until the Israeli police arrived", the father said. Abbas, 82, is also fighting for his political survival as he reaches the end of his political tenure and is keen to carve out a legacy.



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