On Monday US Senator Tim Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

According to a joint press release by the offices of King and Kaine, the two senators met the Palestinian Authority president along with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and held long discussions expressing the senators' full support for the peace process and John Kerry's work.

Both senators also met with with a group of Palestinian business leaders and entrepreneurs while in Ramallah and visited Exalt Technologies, a software company partially funded by USAID.

The sentators' tour of the region included meetings with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and other members of the Knesset.

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