Trump to meet with Palestinian president

Secret meetings held for resumption of unconditional Israel-Palestine talks

Nabil Abu Rdineh, an aide to Abbas, said in an official statement that during the upcoming meeting with Trump, "President Abbas will express his commitment to a just and comprehensive peace".

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, apparently does not object to the resumption of talks with Israel, as such a step is seen as a "goodwill gesture" ahead of the PA president's visit to the White House.

Trump has invited Abbas to the White House when they had a phone conversation for the first time in March.

Abbas also referenced his upcoming visit on May 3 with Trump.

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

Trump said during presidential campaign that he did not necessarily see settlements as an obstacle to peace.

But he has since warned Israel against "unrestrained" building of settler homes in the occupied West Bank. A senior Palestinian delegation that includes senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Majid Faraj, the head of the Palestinian general intelligence service, will leave for Washington on Sunday to prepare for the Trump-Abbas summit.

Trump's more favourable approach to Israel has stoked concerns among Palestinians. Netanyahu met with Trump during a Washington visit in February. "I am looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said.

In the interview, Abbas stated that he does not see an alternative to a two-state solution based upon the 1949 Armistice Lines.

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