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© US President Donald Trump (L) meets with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-05-23

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to “compromise” in order to achieve peace in the Middle East, but offered no specifics.

“Making peace, however, will not be easy,” Trump told an audience of Israeli politicians and other dignitaries at the Israel Museum.

“We all know that. Both sides will face tough decisions. But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal,” he said as he wrapped up his visit to the Middle East. He is due to depart for Rome later Tuesday.
 

'I am committed to achieving a peace agreement'

Trump again vowed that he was “personally committed” to helping the two sides reach a deal to end the decades-old conflict, but did not give any details on his plans to help resolve the conflict.

The two-state solution, long the focus of international peace efforts and US-Middle East diplomacy, was not mentioned in his speech which came after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day.

“I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace,” he said. On Monday, the US leader met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

“I know you’ve heard it before. I am telling you—that’s what I do—they are ready to reach for peace. And my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin—I can tell you also that he is reaching for peace.”

Other parts of the speech were a forceful defence of Israel and pledges by Trump to defend the country against common enemies, including Iran.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2017-05-23

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