Abbas sets red lines ahead of Trump meeting

Palestinian Authority President demands to honor 1967 lines and east Jerusalem to recognized be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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May 3, 2017 01:28
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, US September 22, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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On the eve of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership “will not accept any solution” that does not include a state along 1967 lines and east Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas made the remarks at an event in Washington, D.C., where he spoke before members of the Palestinian diaspora, who reside in the US.

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Abbas has long stated that he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state along 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, but also proposed minor land swaps in previous negotiations.

Land swaps refer to possible exchanges of land, which would permit Israel to annex part of the West Bank and Gaza and a future Palestinian state to annex part of Israel.

Abbas and a team of his advisers on Wednesday are slated to meet with Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a number of American-Jewish leaders.

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