Abbas: We told Bush to stop Jewish settlements

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said after talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh he told US Bush Jewish settlements should be halted and the 1967 border would have to be the basis of any agreement with Israel.

Abbas: We told Bush to stop Jewish settlements
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said after talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh he told US President George W Bush Jewish settlements should be halted and the 1967 border would have to be the basis of any agreement with Israel.

Speaking after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Abbas said there were serious efforts by all sides in the peace process to reach a Palestinian-Israeli agreement before the end of 2008.

"We have to be hopeful. But we don't know whether we will reach an agreement or not," Abbas said at a press conference.

"I told Bush that the continuing settlements do not give hope to anyone," the Palestinian leader said about his talks with Bush in Washington last week.

"We asked Bush to be very clear about the fact that any deal with Israel should be on the basis of the border of the pre-1967 war," Abbas said.

Abbas is due to meet Bush again on May 17 in Sharm el-Sheikh. The US president is scheduled to start a regional tour in mid-May.

Agencies
Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2008, 16:46
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