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Aides to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas say the Palestinian leader could meet with US President Barack Obama soon.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the Palestinians requested such a meeting and were told by Obama's envoy that the US leader would see Abbas in the near future. Erekat said Sunday that no date was set.
Another aide, Yasser Abed Rabbo, told Palestinian radio that "there is
talk about an invitation for President Abbas to visit Washington,"
possibly next month.
No word was given on whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be
invited to the meeting.
The US is trying to persuade the Palestinians to hold indirect talks
with Israel and to end a 16-month breakdown in communications. The
Palestinians are reluctant because Israel refuses to stop construction
in east Jerusalem and surrounding areas that the Palestinians see as
their future capital.Jpost.com staff contributed to this report.