Trump Talks to Abbas Over Phone, Says Time 'To Make A Deal'
Mar 13 2017
Speaking in Ramallah, Abbas on Sunday said that his phone conversation with Trump, in which the U.S. president invited him to the White House, was "constructive" and that Trump "confirmed his full commitment to the peace process and the two-state solution".
Al-Malki unveiled that the US envoy may check the two sides; Israel and the Palestinians, desire to resume the stalled peace negotiations and finding a mechanism that enables the Palestinian side to keep in touch with the United States.
Abbas, who has spent much time courting USA presidents and secretaries of state over the past decade, has been trying to reach out to Trump and is concerned the new American administration is sidelining the Palestinians.
Last month, Trump served notice to the Palestinians that he was not married to the two-state solution, and suggested he'd be willing to back any solution that Israel found most fitting.
According to a readout of the call released by the White House, Trump and Abbas discussed "ways to advance peace throughout the Middle East region, including a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina confirmed the invitation, and said it was Trump who placed the call.
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that the US cannot impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians, nor can one side impose an agreement on the other.
The US is seeking to limit Israeli settlement expansion because it is seen as an obstacle to launching a new negotiations process.
It may be mentioned here that Donald Trump backed Israeli premier Netanyahu regarding settlements in disputed territory thus trumpeting the arrival of tough days for Palestine.
He will also stress the importance of the two-state solution to a lasting peace process for both sides.
While one of the first calls to a foreign leader made by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, was to Abbas, Trump has been cautious in his contacts with the Arab world.
In January, Abbas wrote to Trump telling him not move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, warning that such a development would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region".
He has spoken to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and met Jordan's King Abdullah, who took the initiative and flew to Washington for an impromptu visit. Although the sovereignty issue was never mentioned, the settlement issue was when President Trump told visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference to "lay off" the building for a while.
Greenblatt is also to speak with Israeli officials about coming to an understanding related to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.