Trump envoy meets Netanyahu in Israel

Trump envoy meets Netanyahu in Israel

Donald Trump's Middle East envoy will meet with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank tomorrow, after spending five hours with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.

Envoy Jason Greenblatt arrived at the West Bank city of Ramallah where he was greeted by Abbas and a Palestinian delegation.

A senior Israeli official noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised in his meeting on Monday with the USA envoy the issue of establishing a new settlement for the evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost.

In an apparent reference to efforts to come up with guidelines with the United States to govern future settlement construction, Netanyahu said, "I can't tell you we reached an agreement, but i think we heard each other out in a serious and friendly way and I think we will probably conclude this effort".

Trump spoke to Abbas on the telephone on Friday and invited him to the White House, in the first phone call between the two leaders since Trump took office. The contact came nearly a month after Netanyahu was warmly received by the president in Washington after years of friction with the Obama administration.

Before taking office, Trump named Greenblatt, his company's top lawyer, as his special negotiator for trade deals and other talks and his adviser to the Middle East and special representative for global negotiations.

Israel's premier has met with President Donald Trump's representative for worldwide negotiations, reportedly about settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a state.

Trump altered USA policy at a White House press conference with Netanyahu last month by indicating that Palestinian statehood wouldn't necessarily be the outcome of peace talks. Trump said he would be inviting Abbas to the White House in the near future.

Netanyahu also said that he made clear to Greenblatt that he intends to build a new settlement for the former residents of Amona, an illegal outpost that was recently evacuated.

According to a statement from the prime minister's office, Netanyahu expressed his interest in working with the Trump administration to "advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens the security of Israel and enhances stability in the region".

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