RAMALLAH, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The opportunity to resume the Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians is still available and the United States hasn't abandoned its sponsorship of the peace process, a senior Palestinian official told Xinhua on Monday.
Reyad al-Malki, the Palestinian National Authority foreign minister, said there was still a chance to resume the peace talks "if Israel shows commitments to halting settlement and focusing on issues related to the borders of the future Palestinian state."
He said the Palestinian side received assurances from the U.S. that Washington would keep sponsoring the Middle East peace talks.
Al-Malki said that U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and special envoy Marten Indyk both asserted to the Palestinians in recent meetings that Washington is still ready to sponsor the Middle East peace process and will provide anything needed to resume the negotiations.
The U.S.-sponsored direct peace talks started last July but plunged into a crisis late March after the two sides disputed on the pre-scheduled release of the last batch of Palestinian prisoners. Israel suspended the negotiations on April 24 after Palestinian President Abbas' Fatah party reached a reconciliation agreement with Hamas.
Shortly after the suspension, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. efforts in promoting the peace talks may have been exhausted and Washington would evaluate the U.S. involvement in the negotiations.
In another related development, Kerry is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Abbas in London on Tuesday to discuss how to revive the stalled peace process, a senior Palestinian official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.