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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Donald Trump says Israeli-Palestinian peace plan to be announced within months

The US President said he likes the idea of a two-state solution

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. AFP
US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. AFP

US President Donald Trump said he wants a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and will release his plan within months.

Speaking at meeting with his Israel counterpart, Mr Trump also reaffirmed his support for Israel and said he believes Palestinians want to come back to the negotiating table.

The Israelis would have to "do something that is good" for the Palestinians, Mr Trump said, without giving details.

The Trump administration's long-promised detailed proposal for future peace talks has still not been released, despite several hinted-at announcement dates. Palestinian officials have publicly said they will not negotiate with the US president after he ordered the American embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last December, upending decades of official policy.

"It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term...We are with you, with are with Israel 100 per cent," Mr Trump said at the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Mr Netanyahu responded in kind, "no one has backed Israel like you do and we appreciate it."

The leaders also discussed trade and military defence at the meeting.

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