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President Trump Meets with Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

On Tuesday morning, President Donald J. Trump met with Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to discuss the steps being taken toward an Israel-Palestinian peace agreement. 

The President commended the serious and constructive dialogue among the involved parties as they work toward a peace that could help transform the region. President Trump also stressed his personal commitment to improving the economic opportunities available to the Palestinian people as a means of creating an atmosphere conducive to making peace. 

“I will do everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made,” the President said in the bilateral meeting. Abbas thanked President Trump for his persistent and repeated efforts to help Israel and the Palestinians achieve a conflict-ending peace agreement – proof, Abbas said, of the President’s “seriousness” about the negotiations.

Following up on the recent regional trip of Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, the two leaders discussed strategies for regional Arab states to assist the peace effort.  

“For so many years, I’ve been hearing about peace between Israel and the Palestinians…we’re going to see what we can do,” the President said.