Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Abbas to meet with USA delegation on Thursday

Illustrative Schoolchildren in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar Illustrative Schoolchildren in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar
Christy Curtis | 24 August, 2017, 02:07

The Palestinian Authority continues to be disillusioned about U.S. efforts to revive the peace process and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, is now considering dissolving the body and renewing a Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership, Arabic media reported on Wednesday.

The Saudi crown prince on Tuesday met with USA presidential adviser Jared Kushner and other top American officials to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state news agency SPA.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will arrive in the region on Thursday accompanied by special envoy for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser.

He pointed out that the PLO factions take seriously the issue of convening PNC despite the opposition of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements whom he accused of continuing to consolidate the intra-Palestinian political division.

Netanyahu will be in Russian Federation this week to meet with Kremlin President Vladimir Putin.

Abbas is demanding that Trump publicly declare the two-state solution as the only solution and that he insist Israel "stop creating facts on the ground" through construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

The Palestinian president has said he would pressure Kushner to have the White House reaffirm commitment to the two-state solution.

The White House announced the trip earlier this month, saying it was part of a regional tour including meetings with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained.

"I don't even know how they are dealing with us, because his entire administration is in chaos", Abbas told a delegation of dovish Israeli lawmakers visiting Ramallah. He texted a friend: 'I'm not going to breathe the same air as that terrorist, ' according to the report.

Kushner and Greenblatt traveled to the Middle East previously this summer to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Netanyahu's hand has been weakened by an ongoing corruption probe.

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