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Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

Netanyahu will be in Russian Federation this week to meet with Kremlin President Vladimir Putin. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, along with peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell, met with Abbas on August 24 as part of a trip to the region aimed at looking at trying to renew peace negotiations.

However, Abbas stressed that negotiations should be based on the framework of a two-state solution and for illegal settlements to cease. They are seeking an end to Israeli settlement construction and also want the U.S.to support the creation of the Palestine state. Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have.

A senior White House official strongly denied on Saturday a report in Arab newspaper al-Hayat which said that Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel will not be asked to freeze settlement building because that could lead to a breakdown of Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

Sources added that the American delegation listened and did not give away any viewpoints at the meeting.

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The partial eclipse in our area will begin around 1:15 p.m. reaching its peak around 2:35 p.m. and wrapping up around 3:50 p.m. Tonight there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight, and the low will be around 77.

A crew from Israel's Magen David Adom national emergency service arrived at the scene and evacuated the girl to the hospital, according to al-Samri.

"We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution", said Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Kushner met with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday، who said he highly appreciated Trump's peace efforts.

"President Trump has made it clear that it is a top priority for him to work toward achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians", a U.S. official said. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts". Also, the team will examine economic steps ahead of a potential peace deal.

According to Al-Hayat, a US delegation headed by Kushner told Abbas this week that "stopping settlement construction is impossible because it will cause the collapse of the Netanyahu government".

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