Abbas says door is open for proximity talks with Israel
Palestinian leaders have not raised specific conditions on which they would accept an American proposal to mediate indirect peace talks with Israel, and expect clarification on such talks in a week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday.
"The Palestinian side has not set any conditions in particular," said Abbas, speaking in Japan when he asked under what conditions he would accept the U.S. offer on the proximity talks. Abbas added that his government was keeping the door open to the American plan, but stressed that he was still waiting to hear from Washington.
According to Reuters, the Palestinian leader said that he expected U.S. Middle East special envoy George Mitchell to get back to him with further clarification about the talks a week from now. After that, his government could consult with other Arab leaders and make a decision, he added.