PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
(photo credit: AP)
LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, and
said his government would continue to do everything to make progress toward a
lasting peace settlement.
The two leaders met for an hour and focused their discussions on the need to
renew efforts towards a lasting peace agreement with .
Brown expressed continued support for the Arab Peace Initiative
as the framework for a just and comprehensive agreement.
They also discussed efforts to revitalize the Palestinian economy. Brown
said he was “heartened by the positive and confident approach” being pursued by
Abbas, who he said “continues to do so much to build peace in the region.”
A British spokesman said: “The prime minister made clear that the government will
continue to do everything we can with both parties and our international
partners to deliver progress towards a lasting settlement.”
On Saturday, Abbas said he was considering a
proposal to start indirect talks with Jerusalem.