Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas underway

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived at the White House. Abbas is currently meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. officials said that Trump will most likely request that the Palestinian Authority stop funding terrorists and their families.

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A day after he landed in Washington, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at the White House for his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The U.S. president expressed optimism during the joint press appearance before his meeting with Abbas. Trump said that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians in order to end the conflict but said that the U.S. cannot force the two sides to reach an agreement.

Trump also called on Palestinian leaders to “speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate.” Trump added: “There's such hatred but hopefully there won’t be such hatred for very long.”

“I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he continued. “Let’s see if we can prove them wrong.”

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Abbas said that the Palestinian Authority’s strategic choice is to end the conflict. “We thank the president for his efforts to advance a solution of peace,” Abbas said. “This will promote the peace initiatives and the war against terrorism. [This will] promote peace that will bring about relations between Israel and the Arab world.”

“I am thankful also for the joint efforts in the war against terrorism,” he added. “We believe that it is possible to reach a solution. We want to resolve the issue of refugees and prisoners but it is impossible to take unilateral steps to advance peace.”

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