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In a joint press conference held in the Roosevelt room at The White House Wednesday, US President Donald trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made opening statements concerning their positions on the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.
Trump thanked Abbas for coming to Washington to discuss the Mideast peace process, saying that "we will be working diligently" to find a solution to the conflict, adding that "we will get this done."
Trump also urged Abbas' support to sign a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israel.
Peace also means defeating radical terror organizations like Islamic State, which Abbas has spoken out against, Trump said, adding how "impressed" he was on how well leaders from both sides got along.
There can be no "incitement to hate" from the Palestinians, Trump said, and that there can be no targeting of innocents in the conflict.
Trump also said that he wanted to highlight the cooperation between the United States and The Palestinian Authority in many different aspects, including security and economic issues.
Speaking after the US President finished his statement, Abbas thanked Trump for his invitation and looked forward with working with the White House.
Abbas reiterated the PA position that east Jerusalem be part of a future Palestinian state "based on 1967 lines," adding there must be a just agreement based on the two-state solution.
Abbas also said that ISIS must be defeated for safety and security for the region, and mentioned the importance of the Arab peace initiative that was first proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002.