US envoy to UN: Washington still supports two-state solution

"We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well."

By REUTERS
February 16, 2017 20:01

US ambassador at UN says Washington still supports two-state solution in Middle East (Reuters)

US ambassador at UN says Washington still supports two-state solution in Middle East (Reuters)

UNITED NATIONS - US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday the United States still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a day after President Donald Trump suggested he is open to new ways to achieve peace.

"First of all, the two-state solution is what we support. Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error," Haley told reporters at the United Nations.

"We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well."

Haley's comments came after Trump said on Wednesday that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution, the longstanding bedrock of Washington and the international community's policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I can live with either one."


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