Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

Abbas’ denial came after talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron Friday. Abbas asked Macron to pass the message onto US President Donald Trump. (Reuters)
Updated 21 September 2018
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Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

PARIS: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has denied US claims the Palestinians have refused to enter peace talks with Israel.
Abbas’ denial came after talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron Friday. Abbas asked Macron to pass the message onto US President Donald Trump.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this month that the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington was being shut because the PLO hadn’t taken steps toward negotiations.
Abbas said “we didn’t reject negotiations as the Israelis claim,” adding that the Palestinian side is “ready for any confidential or public talks.”
Abbas also said “the Europeans are working seriously to substitute and fill the American (funding) gap” after the Trump administration canceled over $200 million in aid for Palestinian projects.


Syria says it’s determined to recover Israeli-occupied Golan, slams Trump

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Syria says it’s determined to recover Israeli-occupied Golan, slams Trump

  • A Syrian foreign ministry source said the statement showed “the blind bias of the United States” toward Israel
  • Syria is determined to recover the area “through all available means”

BEIRUT: The Syrian government condemned on Friday US President Donald Trump’s statement that it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and said Syria was determined to recover the area “through all available means.”
In a statement published by the Syrian state news agency, a foreign ministry source said the statement showed “the blind bias of the United States” toward Israel. The statements did not change “the reality that the Golan was and will remain Syrian, Arab,” it said.
“The Syrian nation is more determined to liberate this precious piece of Syrian national land through all available means,” the statement said.