Palestinians pin peace hope on Abbas's meeting with Trump

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-01 18:17:55|Editor: Tian Shaohui
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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gestures ahead of a Christmas lunch with members of the Christian Orthodox community on January 6, 2017, in Beit Sahur, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

RAMALLAH, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President's spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeinah said Monday that the upcoming meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday would set the political track for coming years.

Abu Rudeinah said that Abbas will reiterate the "need for a just and comprehensive peace based on the two state solution and the Arab peace initiative," according to a statement published by official Palestinian news agency (WAFA).

The statement said that Palestinians are in constant coordination oath Arab states committed to the 2002 Arab peace initiative and a political path leading to a genuine peace that brings security and stability to the region.

He said "there is a real opportunity to make peace, and the international community should reinforce this opportunity and not miss it, because the region is in a state of boiling, and the occupation cannot continue in any way."

As part of regional consultations, Abbas has met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi last Saturday in Cairo and with Jordanian Monarch Abdullah II Sunday.

The last peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians were halted at the end of March 2014 after nine months of U.S.-sponsored peace talks without achieving any progress to resolve decades of conflict between the two sides.