Palestine's Abbas meets US Mitchell

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met a senior aide to U.S. envoy George Mitchell.

Palestine's Abbas meets US Mitchell

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met a senior aide to U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Thursday.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat confirmed the scheduled meeting with David Hale had taken place in Ramallah. But like the Americans he offered no comment on what was discussed.

U.S. officials had announced the meeting after Erekat met Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Qatar on Sunday. Mitchell and his team maintain a strict silence about their discussions.

Abbas has been seeking details from U.S. officials on how a proposal that Washington would host "proximity talks" involving Palestinian and Israeli envoys would work. Aides say he has been looking for "guarantees" that any such talks would quickly move to seeking final agreements on the core issues of the conflict.

Abbas, who broke off negotiations with Israel's massive offensive in December 2008 in protest in the Gaza Strip killing 1,434 Palestinians, has refused to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu rejected to halt settlements in occupied West Bank and also Jerusalem, a key issue in the talks, despite U.S. pressure.

Reuters

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