Jerusalem is off negotiation table, says President Trump

Jerusalem is off negotiation table, says President Trump

Israel and the United States have long opposed an global effort involving the United Nations in peace negotiations, expressing concerns it would be biased against Israel.

The Kremlin said the two leaders discussed some aspects of the Middle East peace process in the telephone conversation before Putin's meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Russian capital.

The statements came ahead of a Moscow meeting between Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel", he told the newspaper. The phone call was reportedly confirmed by the White House. Palestinian leaders have said it means that Washington can no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on February 8 suggested that China and Arab League could also be part of any future 'peace processes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A senior Russian delegation met Palestinian officials in West Bank city of Ramallah after US President Donald Trump's move on Jerusalem last December.

The Russian airplane crash occurred near Moscow and happened just minutes after take-off.

Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's decision at the end of previous year.

Without going into detail, Trump said Israel would have "to be very careful with the settlements".

The Omani minister will also visit occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Nablus during his three-day program, he said.

When President Trump chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he put the Palestinians in an impossible position and joined Israel in a "blame game". Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas had condemned the move, saying it disqualified the United States from playing the role of arbiter.

And asked whether Israeli settlements would form part of the peace plan, the US President said: 'We will be talking about settlements.

'I just spoke with American President Trump, ' Putin told Abbas yesterday before continuing the talks behind closed doors.

The Palestinians have never actually rejected peace talks, however, and have simply said in recent months, given Trump's overt hostility toward them, and declaration that Jerusalem is Israel's capital make the United States an unsuitable arbiter.

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