Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. In their preliminary statements, Trump declared that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement and claimed that no accord can be imposed by a third party.
“The Palestinians and the Israelis must work to reach an agreement that will allow both people to live, worship, thrive, and prosper in peace,” said President Trump. “I would like to be a mediator or a facilitator to anything they wish to do and we will will get this done.”
President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position supporting the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. He asserted that a comprehensive peace agreement would give impetus to both the Arab Peace Initiative and the fight against the Islamic State.