Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

L-R Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US

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.

According to the al-Hayat report, Abbas demanded of the visiting U.S. delegation during their meeting last week that the Administration commit officially to the two-state solution along the 1967 lines-meaning the removal of all Israeli settlements from Judea and Samaria, and insisted on a settlement freeze for the duration of the coming peace talks. Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have. 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".

A day prior to Kushner's meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "We are not going to state what the outcome has to be".

Ahmed Majdalani، a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which Abbas heads، told AFP on Wednesday they were demanding "a clear and frank answer on the position of the administration on the two-state solution and settlements".

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

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"There was a feeling that the Americans were offended", the source said, "and that's why Abbas was quick to explain himself and say that he was willing to reach a peace deal".

"We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with these good efforts".

Abbas reportedly told Kushner that he'd work together with the Trump Administration to find a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

"President Abbas reaffirmed Palestinian positions, especially the principle of the two-state solution within the 1967 borders and the cessation of all settlement activities, stressing the relevant resolutions of worldwide legitimacy, the signed understandings, the road map plan and the Arab peace initiative", Abu Rudeina said. It has to be workable to both sides. And I think، really، that's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other، to make sure that they can work through it. "They don't talk about the principle of two countries, they come after having adopted the claims of the Israelis", said Aloul.

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