RAMALLAH, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the U.S. proposal to hold a three-way meeting comprising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, sources said Saturday.
Kerry made the proposal when he met Abbas on Thursday, the sources said. Abbas apologized and called for progress to be made on peace talks with Israel before sitting with Netanyahu.
The sources said a meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu, who have not met face-to-face since 2010, was not imminent as the latter refuses to endorse the two-state solution.
They added that Kerry's recent security plan, which the Palestinians reject because they say it adopts Israel's views, made the idea of such a meeting more unlikely.
The Obama administration drove the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table in July after nearly three years of stagnation. Kerry tries to broker a deal between the two sides by April.
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