Abbas 'dreams of peace in Palestine'

Published September 24th, 2013 - 08:32 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he dreams of peace in Palestine on the sidelines of the 68th General UN Assembly. (AFP/File)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he dreams of peace in Palestine on the sidelines of the 68th General UN Assembly. (AFP/File)

President Abbas said Monday that he hopes he can finalize a agreement to bring peace to Palestine.

Speaking on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meetings in New York, Abbas met with dozens of leaders of Jewish lobby groups, as well as former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright and current US Mideast peace envoy Martin Indyk.

Abbas said that at the age of 78 he still hopes he can finalize a peace deal so that "Jews, Christians and Muslims can live in peace and safety in Palestine," a Ma'an correspondent said.

The president said that the Palestinian people have lost hope in peace negotiations as Israel's government continues to build settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Neither he, nor any other Palestinian leader, can give up Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, adding that the city should not be divided but rather open to all.

Asked by Jewish leaders in the US whether he was optimistic or pessimistic about negotiations, Abbas replied that he "dreams peace will prevail in Palestine."

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have nothing to do with reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, he added. 

Peace talks aim to end the Israeli occupation while reconciliation aims to establish a Palestinian state

Abbas highlighted that the US administration has demanded that the details of ongoing peace talks remain secret.


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