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Abbas: "A Historic Peace Deal Is Possible"

Abbas:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah.

A senior Israeli official noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised in his meeting on Monday with the USA envoy the issue of establishing a new settlement for the evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost.

"President Abbas & I discussed how to make progress toward peace, building capacity of Palestinian security forces & stopping incitement", Greenblatt tweeted after the meeting.

Following the lengthy meeting, they issued a statement reaffirming "the joint commitment of both Israel and the United States to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens the security of Israel and enhances stability in the region".

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014 and the Palestinians have been concerned at the more favorable approach shown by Washington toward Netanyahu since Trump came to office in January.

Greenblatt is set to meet Abbas in the West Bank on Tuesday. At that meeting, Trump broke with decades of US policy by saying he was not bound to a two-state solution to the conflict and would be open to one state if it meant peace.


Abbas told Greenblatt that "under President Trump's leadership a historic peace deal is possible".

"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

Greenblatt, a longtime top lawyer in Trump's company, also serves as the president's special negotiator for trade deals, among other responsibilities.

Greenblatt and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the US, were appointed by their leaders last month to reach an understanding between the two countries on settlement construction.

Greenblatt met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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