Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on right, with U.S. peace envoy Jason Greenblatt in Amman, Jordan on March 28, 2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Photo/Palestinian Presidency-Thaer Ghanaim)

Trump to meet with Palestinian president

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on May 3 in Washington DC, a Palestinian official confirmed.

The visit was confirmed to the Jerusalem Post on April 16 by top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani. Other Israeli media outlets cited a report in the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, which quoted senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad as saying the meeting would go ahead on May 3 and that that a Palestinian delegation will travel to Washington on April 23 for preliminary meetings with the Trump administration.

Trump invited Abbas to the White House when the two leaders spoke for the first time in March. Abbas met last month in Ramallah with U.S. special peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, where he affirmed his commitment to a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, who has been involved in peace initiatives with Israel in the past, on April 15 reportedly questioned the Trump administration’s impartiality as a broker of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

“We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. But today we say there are settlers inside the White House,” she told the Israeli news website Ynet. “The administration has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and which supports the settlements.”


JTA news agency