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Abbas declined US bid for Kushner meetings, says Al Hayat



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declined to bid for a joint meeting with US presidential adviser Jared Kushner and other Arab leaders, Al Hayat said, citing diplomatic sources.

The President saw the offer as an American maneuver to pressure the Palestinians to accept a peace plan on Israeli conditions and achieve the "real goal" of striving for stronger links between Israel and Arab states, the London newspaper reported citing one identified diplomatic source.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery / Pool via Bloomberg

US officials have stressed that they will not try to meet Abbas after breaking the ties after President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital , Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, said during a Palestinian newspaper's recent trip to the Middle East that the US would not "hunt" Abbas.

Read: Top Officials Accuse US of Overthrowing Palestinian Authority [196592002] The US team suggested the meeting during its recent visit to the region, the paper said. The message was transmitted to the Palestinians via Egypt.


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