Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris Wednesday to discuss the so-called peace talks with the Zionist entity
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris Wednesday to discuss the so-called peace talks with the Zionist entity, US and Palestinian officials said Monday.
A senior Palestinian official said Abbas would leave for France on Tuesday for the meeting, which he said had been requested by Kerry who is currently in Abu Dhabi.
"The Palestinian positions are known and we have reiterated them at all the meetings with Kerry and his advisers," the official said.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the meeting, saying they would "discuss the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis".
On Sunday, Abbas struck a conciliatory tone on two of the most divisive issues, saying he did not want to "flood Israel" with returning Palestinian refugees and that there was no need to "re-divide" Jerusalem.
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday hailed remarks by Abbas on the Palestinian refugee issue, which he said showed the Palestinian president's "seriousness about reaching peace." "I was happy to hear him," Peres's office quoted him as saying at the start of a meeting with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.