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Palestinian leader says Trump committed to Mideast peace

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump has assured him of his commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Abbas yesterday spoke about what he described as a constructive phone call with Trump two days earlier.

The official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, quoted Abbas as saying that Trump "asserted his full commitment to the peace process".

Abbas said he told Trump he opposes extremism and will cooperate with the US to reach a peace deal based on the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel.

The phone call helped allay concerns the Palestinians were being ignored by Trump, who has embraced Israel's leader and at one point suggested the two-state solution was optional.

Abbas said he is to meet Trump at the White House in "the near future".