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Putin, Trump discuss Israel-Palestine peace process over phone call

Putin, Trump discuss Israel-Palestine peace process over phone call

US President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone conversation that now is the time to work toward an enduring Israeli-Palestine peace settlement, the White House said in a press release.

Palestinian leadership sees India's friendly ties with the United States an added advantage since Washington, too, would welcome India playing a greater role in the region.

They also discussed North Korea's bid to develop nuclear weapons, with the White House explaining President Trump had "reiterated the importance" of ensuring the Stalinist dictatorship is denuclearized.

His Mideast envoys have never said when they plan to reveal their proposal, which is expected to ask Arab states, including Egypt and Gulf countries that are USA allies, to encourage Palestinians to make a deal.

When President Trump chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he put the Palestinians in an impossible position and joined Israel in a "blame game".

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi called on the Romanian government to play a proactive role in support of a just peace and the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state. Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the US from playing the role of arbiter. He also said that Israel should be careful about constructing settlements that might hinder future peace deals. "So we are just going to have to see what happens".

Abbas said after their meeting that he remains committed to negotiations with Israel as the path toward Palestinian independence. The Israeli settlement policies, which gathered pace following Trump's ascension to office, are widely supported by the United States ambassador to the country, David Friedman.

A senior Russian delegation met Palestinian officials in West Bank city of Ramallah after US President Donald Trump's move on Jerusalem last December.

The senior PA official claimed that what Trump said in the interview demonstrated "how biased the opinion of Trump and is people is in favor of Israel". More than 600,000 Jews live in around 140 settlements built since Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in 1967.

Palestinians see the US Jerusalem decision, which broke with years of global diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.