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Full coordination between Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian leaders

AMMAN, JORDAN - JANUARY 22: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) is welcomed by Jordanian King Abdullah II at the al-Husenia Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan on January 22, 2017. ( Thaer Ghanaim - Palestinian Presidency- Handout - Anadolu Agency )

The Palestinian ambassador in Washington, Hossam Zomlot, confirmed the existence of “full coordination between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the King of Jordan Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.”

Zomlot told the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Abbas that “We are in the same trench, the message is one and the logic is one, and this has directly contributed in convincing the United States of the fundamental issues that it must be committed to and the fundamental issues that the entire Arab world, the Palestinian people and its leadership regard as ‘sensitive and important issues’.”

He asserted that during the meeting between Abbas and Trump, nothing was added to what had been said in the Arab Summit, that confirmed that the Arab Peace Initiative “is present as it is and has not been changed.”

Commenting on the importance of the role of the Jordanian king in this regard, the ambassador said: “The king’s talk with the American administration had a very significant impact since the earliest days. The king was clear and he has great credibility with the United States. He expressed the Arab and Palestinian vision in a convincing and clear manner, leaving no room for misinterpretation.”

Zomlot said that the Jordanian monarch’s speech “came at the right time and from the right person.”

Discussing the role of the king, who met Trump at the beginning of last month, he said that the king played a key role in informing Trump about the sensitivities of many issues as well as how to move forward, and that “he played a decisive role in this matter.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi [file photo]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi [file photo]

He also described the meeting of the American and Palestinian presidents as “successful by all standards and very positive.” He also pointed out that “the meeting discussed many issues in depth and re-established a strategic relationship between the two countries and the two presidents.”

He said that this was evident in Trump’s speech in public and behind closed doors, as the latter said that “Abbas is a real partner and that Palestine and its people are also partners of the United States.”

On the other hand, the ambassador pointed out that Trump expressed his readiness to intervene as a mediator to end the conflict and find solutions to the Palestinian issue. As for the Palestinians, “they expressed their readiness to” cooperate with Trump, the ambassador said, and he continued by saying: “The Palestinian president has clarified that our position is supported by the Arab and international community.”

He pointed out also that Abbas confirmed to Trump that what was stated at the recent Arab summit in Jordan was very clear:

We, Palestinians, our Arab brothers and the entire Islamic world, will celebrate an agreement that ends Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian and Arab territories and achieves the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right of refugees

Abbas also asserted that the two-state option is the strategic choice for the Palestinian leadership, the Palestinian people and the Arab world as well.

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