Palestinian President Receives U.S., U.K. Foreign Ministers

abbasRamallah, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received, separately and consecutively, the Foreign Secretaries of the U.S., John Kerry, and the United Kingdom, William Hague, official sources announced today.
The Palestinian president’s meeting with Kerry lasted more than two hours, the sources stated, and the U.S. diplomat gave a detailed update of ideas for strengthening the Palestinian economy with which the Quartet has been working.”

Last November, the International Quartet on Palestine, comprised of the United States, Russia, the U.N. and the European Union, was subjected to harsh criticism by the Arab League and Levantine countries for its inability to operate in an impartial manner regarding Israel’s constant and increasing violations of the Oslo agreements and its confiscation of Palestinian land.

So far there are no official details regarding other issues discussed during the meeting between the president and his U.S. guest.

For his part, the British Foreign Secretary simply stated that his government supports Kerry’s ongoing efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, suspended since 2010 as a result of resumed construction of paramilitary settlements in the West Bank.

Both Kerry and Hague arrived in Palestine after participating in the meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria, held in Amman, the Jordanian capital, a prelude to a wider international conference on the crisis in the Arab country, scheduled for next month in the Swiss city of Geneva.

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