Abbas: We are still committed to a two-state solution

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The US ambassador to the United Nations has insisted that Washington "absolutely" supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, 24 hours after Donald Trump dropped US commitment to the policy.

Haley's comments follow remarks on the two-state solution by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at a joint White House news conference with visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump told the visitor that 'I could live with the two states or with one'.

After a meeting with Guterres in Cairo on Thursday, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said in a statement that the conflict "requires a comprehensive and just peace based on a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state".

Britain, France and Sweden reaffirmed their support for Palestinian statehood as part of a final deal.

"Today, nearly six million Palestinians live under Israeli control in all of historic Palestine, while nearly six million Palestinians live in exile", the former Palestinian peace negotiator said.

In Bonn, the French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, emerged from his first meeting with the new USA secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to describe the Trump administration's Middle East policy as "confused and worrying".

During a briefing with Israeli and global press following his closed-door discussions with Trump, Netanyahu refused to indicate whether or not he still endorses a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, today called for a global mobilization at all levels of society to end the Israeli occupation this year. He did, however, indicate that Israel has no intention of annexing the West Bank and granting citizenship to the Palestinians living there.

Construction workers in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Thursday, Friedman faced senators and protesters who disrupted his hearing on Capitol Hill, where he was grilled on some of his past comments.

US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said she was "disappointed" to learn that Guterres named the Palestinian ex-official as envoy to Libya and vetoed the man's appointment.

"For those that don't have our back, we're taking names", she said then.

She said "outrageously biased" resolutions from the Security Council and General Assembly have made peace harder to reach, "by discouraging one of the parties from going to the negotiating table".



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