Abbas expresses optimism in meeting with Trump: “We are on the verge of true peace”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sounded optimistic about achieving a peace deal with Israel during his meeting with US President Donald Trump. “The meeting with you attests to the possibility of achieving a peace agreement in the Middle East this year,” he stated. Trump said that he would work hard to “get that deal made.”

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told US President Donald Trump at the beginning of their meeting Wednesday on the sidelines of the 2017 gathering of the UN General Assembly: “The meeting with you attests to the possibility of achieving a peace agreement in the Middle East this year, maybe even next month.” Trump, in response, told Abbas that he "will devote everything" within his heart and within his soul "to get that deal made."

“Our team is expert; your team is expert,” Trump told Abbas. “Israel is working very hard toward the same goal, and I must tell you, Saudi Arabia and many of the different nations are working also hard. So we’ll see if we can put it together. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.”

“The meeting with you attests to your commitment to achieving the deal of the century,” Abbas added. “We’re certain that you are determined to achieve peace. We are on the verge of true peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We’ve met with officials from your administration more than 20 times and that demonstrates the seriousness of your intentions.”

Abbas (L) and Trump (R) Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

“From the time I’m a little boy, I’ve been hearing about peace in the Middle East,” Trump said. “And for so many years I’ve been hearing about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And we’re at a very important juncture — there’s a small period of time — and we’re going to see what we can do.”

At the end of the meeting, Abbas said: “I would like to bless the Jewish people in honor of Rosh Hashanah and the Muslims in honor of the new year that will begin tomorrow. It’s a joyous coincidence that we can celebrate together. It demonstrates our ability to coexist.”



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