Abbas to meet with U.S. delegation on Thursday

24 August, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
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The Saudi crown prince on Tuesday met with U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner and other top American officials to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state news agency SPA. Neither of the news agencies mentioned the months-old row between Riyadh and Doha, which has defied Kuwaiti and USA mediation efforts.

US President Donald Trump's Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is in the Middle East for peace talks with a number of regional leaders, media reported citing its sources Tuesday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, is expected to hold separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. An official said the talks would "focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combating extremism, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there".

According to a report in Vanity Fair, Bannon pushed President Trump to adopt a tougher stance toward the Palestinians, while urging him to keep a campaign promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, only to face resistance from Kushner.

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In the US delegation's talks Wednesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to boosting ties and countering terrorism, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

'I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States, ' Abbas told a delegation from the left-wing Meretz party, Haaretz reported.

While Ramallah has officially welcomed USA peace efforts, officials have begun to grumble about what they see as a lack of U.S. commitment to a two-state solution or finding a way forward, as well as a bias toward Israel's positions.

The Palestinian president has said he would pressure Kushner to have the White House reaffirm commitment to the two-state solution. He has also delayed fulfilling a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to disputed Jerusalem.

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