Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday reiterated his demand
for a full cessation of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian
prisoners before returning to the negotiating table with Israel.
raised with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry the issues of continued
construction in settlements, Israeli assaults on Jerusalem, settler assaults and
the continued incarceration of Palestinians in Israel, according to a statement
issued by the PA president's office.
Upon his arrival in Ramallah, Kerry first
held talks with Abbas and PLO officials Saeb Erekat, Yasser Abed Rabbo and Nabil
Later, Kerry held a closed one-hour meeting with
Following the meeting, Kerry, in an unprecedented move, toured the
cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh, where he ate shawarma and Palestinian pastries.
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