PA President Mahmoud Abbas' officials responded on Saturday to accusations by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that the president had given up the right of return during an interview with Channel 2.
Political advisor Nimr Hammad told official PA news agency WAFA that Abbas was referring to his intent to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
"What was said is what is going to happen when the state of Palestine is established alongside Israel, and therefore the president never mentioned the word giving up the right of return," he told WAFA.
The controversy arose after Abbas was asked during the interview if he would like to return to his birth town of Safed.
Abbas responded: "Palestine now for me is the '67 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital...I believe the West Bank and Gaza is Palestine and the other parts are Israel."