Trump to present plan for reviving peace talks

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The statement issued by the American Consulate in Jerusalem called the talks "productive" and asserted that "Both sides agreed to continue with the US-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal".

"We know that this issue is hard and complex, but nothing is impossible in the face of good efforts", Abbas said during the parley with Kushner, according to official PA news outlet Wafa.

Accompanied by a high-level American delegation, Kushner on Thursday reiterated Trump's commitment to finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the President has referred to as "the ultimate deal", reports CNN.

In addition to Kushner and Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was attended by special envoy for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Dr. Saeb Erekat, Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammed Mustafa, head of the General Intelligence Service Maj. In addition to meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday, they also have met with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Jordanian and Qatari leaders during their trip.

But Palestinian leaders note that the White House has not even said clearly whether its focus will be a two-state solution to the conflict, which has been longstanding U.S. policy.

"If the United States team doesn't bring answers to our questions this time, we are going to look into our options because the status quo is not working for our interests", Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told The Associated Press.

"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort", Khatib said.

According to Al-Hayat, a USA delegation headed by Kushner told Abbas this week that "stopping settlement construction is impossible because it will cause the collapse of the Netanyahu government". "They don't talk about the principle of two countries, they come after having adopted the claims of the Israelis", said Aloul.

"While Netanyahu keeps putting up obstacles to avoid getting to the negotiating table for fear that his government will collapse, Abbas wants to move forward because he is under growing domestic pressure", he said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Ankara on an official visit Sunday. "Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements".