Palestinians say Abbas rejected Trump’s bid to discuss peace plan

“There will be no discussion with the Americans until they recognise the two-state solution,” one senior official said.
Monday 27/01/2020
This picture taken on January 27, 2020 shows a sign depicting an Israeli flag above an agricultural field tended by Palestinian farmers in Bardalah in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
This picture taken on January 27, 2020 shows a sign depicting an Israeli flag above an agricultural field tended by Palestinian farmers in Bardalah in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has rejected multiple approaches by Donald Trump to discuss the US president’s upcoming proposal for peace with Israel, three officials said Monday.

The Trump administration reached out several times in recent months, including via third parties, but Abbas rejected the proposals, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“There will be no discussion with the Americans until they recognise the two-state solution,” one senior official said, adding that Abbas had refused to engage with Washington over what the official called Trump’s pro-Israel bias.

(AFP)