US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday to discuss current political developments in the region.
The Palestinian news agency WAFA claimed that during their discussion, Abbas reaffirmed that Israel must cease its occupation of the Palestinian areas and stop developing settlements.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest place to Muslims, must be respected and Palestinians in East Jerusalem must not be evicted, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement.
Abbas emphasized that Israeli actions hinder the two-state solution, while also stressing the significance of boosting US-Palestinian cooperation. Sullivan, on the other hand, reaffirmed his country’s support to a two-state solution.
Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant to President Joe Biden and Middle East and North Africa Coordinator, and Yael Lempert, the State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, accompanied Sullivan on this week’s trip to Israel and Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Sullivan just the other day.