GAZA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed on Thursday the recent developments in the Israeli - Palestinian peace process with the U.S national security adviser Susan Rice.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 8, 2014. (Xinhua/Mohamad Torokman)
During the meeting in Ramallah, Abbas and Rice discussed the faltering peace process and the Israeli decision to suspend the U. S-mediated peace talks," Spokesman for Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, told official Wafa news agency.
Abbas stressed the necessity to release the final batch of long- term Palestinian prisoners as was agreed upon, Abu Rdeneh added. The official revealed that Rice has also discussed the possibility to revive peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis which officially ended last month.
Abbas reiterated the Palestinians' commitment to serious peace talks that would lead to an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The nine-months U.S.-mediated peace talks ended on April 29 without making any tangible progress.
During the discussions period, the U.S has worked to get the two sides to agree on a framework plan that would lead to final- status negotiations to end their prolonged conflict. Meanwhile, Abu Rdeneh said that Abbas has stressed that the Palestinian reconciliation is a national interest that would reunite the Palestinians.
Late in April, rival Palestinian Hamas movement and Abbas' Fatah party announced a reconciliation agreement to end a Palestinian political rift that started when Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007 after routing forces loyal to Abbas who now rules the West Bank.
Under the agreement, which is opposed by Israel, Abbas would start discussions to form a unity government within five weeks and call for general elections six months after forming the new administration.