Abbas to meet Trump at White House

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US President Donald Trump will meet his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on May 3.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he is ready to meet Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the U.S. next month to continue discussion on ways to reach a peace deal.

Ahead of Abbas's visit to Washington, a high-ranking Palestinian delegation is scheduled to arrive in the United States to prepare for the visit, Xinhua news agency reported.

One of Trump's top foreign policy advisers, Jason Greenblatt, has spent time in the region in an intensive canvassing of the principals ahead of reviving peace talks.

He said Palestine was glad that the USA administration "listens about us from us, and not from third parties".

Trump broke with longtime US policy in February when he withheld clear support for an independent Palestine, saying he could endorse a one-nation solution to the conflict.

A senior Palestinian official told Haaretz that the Palestinians' impression from meetings held up to now with senior Trump administration officials, including the US president's special Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was that the new administration has not yet developed a position or formula leading to renew negotiations based on principles that could advance a peace agreement.

The meeting will aim to end the historic distrust between Israel and Palestine.

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The White House announced Wednesday that Trump will meet with Abbas on May 3 for talks on efforts to breathe life into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Building of settlements by Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has been one of the most heated issues between Israel and the Palestinians. The PA vehemently denied the Al-Quds scenario saying the conditions reported constitute a deal-breaker.

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