Putin discusses Middle East peace process with Trump by phone: agencies

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The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. He is also looking to get backing for an global mechanism for Middle East peace talks to supplant the United States as the leading player.

They also discussed North Korea's bid to develop nuclear weapons, with the White House explaining President Trump had "reiterated the importance" of ensuring the Stalinist dictatorship is denuclearized. Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens'.

Speaking at the start of their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was just off the phone with Trump. Late a year ago, Trump announced that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that angered many Palestinians. "In December, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, without securing concessions from Israel in return", Chris Meserole, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, told Newsweek. We took it off the table. Since then he has cut USA funding to a United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees and threatened to withhold aid money to the Palestinians unless they resume negotiations with Israel. What will be next?

Since Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians have declared that the USA is disqualified from mediating the peace process and demanded an global multilateral approach to sponsor the peace talks with Israel. But this is not a game to us.

Palestine evaluates that India being "an worldwide force of great prestige and weight" is better placed to play a vital role in the region. Palestine leadership identifies India to be the new mediator in place of the United States. The world must start now to hold Israel accountable when it violates worldwide law, and to create an global umbrella for negotiations.

"Unlike Obama, Trump realizes that actions are far more powerful than speeches (actions like bombing Syria or relocating the American embassy, for example)", Bismuth wrote. Also, the negotiations would deal with the transfer of Palestinian neighborhoods in the East Jerusalem area (outside the Old City) from Israeli jurisdiction to Palestinian jurisdiction as Area B (West Bank area under Palestinian civil control, Israeli security control).

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