Toronto - US President Donald Trump extended an invitation to the White House to Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, during a telephone conversation on Friday, according to the BBC.
Toronto – US President Donald Trump extended an invitation to the White House to Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, during a telephone conversation on Friday, according to the BBC.
During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House in February, Trump said he would be open to considering a one-state solution to the Middle East peace process. He also said he would be happy with whatever solution both sides could agree upon.
During his Friday press briefing, press secretary, Sean Spicer, told reporters that, during the call to Mahmoud Abbas, President Trump assert “his commitment to a peace process that will lead to a real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”
For their part, Palestinian officials indicated that when he does visit the White House, Abbas will apply pressure to Trump over ongoing Israeli settlement-building on Palestinian-held land. He will also stress the importance of the two-state solution to a lasting peace process for both sides.
No substantive movement toward peace has occurred since peace talks, brokered by the US, broke down in 2014. On Thursday, Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel was approved. David Friedman has publicly declared his support for relocating the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move that could derail renewed talks before they even begin.
On Tuesday, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, met with the Palestinian envoy to the UN, Riyad Mansour. Afterward, she tweeted that the Palestinians should “meet with Israel in direct negotiations rather than looking to the UN to deliver results.