Jared Kushner and Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah for a meeting described as “productive” by US Secretary of State. However, Palestinian officials expressed frustration over the US’ reluctance to commit to a two-state solution, according to the Washington Post.
Kushner and Abbas in Ramallah Photo Credit: Palestinian News Agency/Channel 2 News
The American delegation headed by US President’s Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner held a “productive” meeting yesterday (Thursday) with the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership about strategies for restarting the negotiations with Israel, the US Department of State told the Washington Post.
The US Department of State also said that both sides agreed that continuing the talks under US guidance is the best way to reach an agreement.
However, many Palestinian sources expressed frustration over the fact that the Trump administration has yet to commit to a two-state solution.
At the beginning of the meeting in Ramallah, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said: “We know that this delegation is working for peace, and we are working with it to achieve what President Trump has called a peace agreement. We also know that things are difficult and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts.”
However, the delegation has thus far avoided committing to a two-state solution, which has been at the heart of peace efforts in recent decades. Palestinian sources have claimed that only Israel can benefit from negotiation without any guiding framework.
“We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution,” Ashraf Khatib, spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the Washington Post.
American delegation with Netanyahu Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom GPO/Channel 2 News
US officials said in response that they have not dismissed the two-state solution, but that any progress is dependent only on the two sides.
In addition to the meeting in Ramallah, the American delegation to the Middle East, which included Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powel, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as leaders from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.