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Abbas meets US Consul-General in Ramallah

Jan. 24, 2017 6:52 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 27, 2017 8:50 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the US Consul-General in Jerusalem Donald Blome at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, state-run news agency Wafa reported.

Abbas and Blome discussed several issues, Wafa said, including "the new changes in Washington."

Abbas affirmed his full commitment to the message of peace and determination to work together and strengthen bilateral relations in order to achieve just peace for a stable and secure Middle East free from violence and terrorism, according to the report.

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president last Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Trump in a statement as "the main sponsor of peace process," and called upon the newly instated president to work towards achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians alongside the international community to relaunch peace negotiations.

The statement argued that the Israeli government's appeals to a "racist" far-right Israeli public -- by "refusing peace" and insisting on the continuation of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory -- was indicative of an "internal political crisis," which would only escalate tensions in the region.

However, the ministry's appeal to the Trump administration came as the newly elected US president and his supporters have also been repeatedly accused of spouting racist and extremist rhetoric, while Trump has already declared his support for Israel's illegal settlements.

Amid world-wide protests against Trump, Palestinian activists burned pictures of the controversial US leader in protest of the new administration's support for moving the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and its vocal support of settlements.
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