Abbas:Israel must maintain historic status quo on Al Aqsa

US secretary of state John Kerry to meet Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian unrest.

Abbas:Israel must maintain historic status quo on Al Aqsa

World Bulletin / News Desk

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday on a mission to quell more than three weeks of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Kerry, who held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, met Abbas in Amman, where he was also due to meet Jordan's King Abdullah II, custodian of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound which has been the focal point of the unrest.

They both expressed guarded optimism going into the talks, which come a day after more than 80 people were wounded in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"I'm hopeful. Let us have our meeting," Kerry told reporters.

Abbas for his part said: "All the time we have the hope. We did not lose the hope."

The international community is seeking a halt to a wave of violence that many fear heralds a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon -- members of the Middle East peacemaking Quartet -- called for "maximum restraint" after talks Friday in Vienna. 

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During their meeting, Kerry presented Abbas with the proposals discussed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their Thursday meeting in Berlin and updated him on the implementation of additional steps he was still discussing with Israel in a report in The Guardian.

In response, Abbas told Kerry that Israel must "maintain the historical status quo" in Jerusalem and added that he is waiting to see what deescalating measures Israel would take in the coming days.

 

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