Brown meets Abbas in London

Talk focus on need to renew efforts towards lasting agreement with Israel.

By JONNY PAUL
January 31, 2010 03:00
PA President Mahmoud Abbas

PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit: AP)

 
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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.



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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.



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