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Abbas Rejected U.S. Offer for Kushner Meeting, Al Hayat Says

  • U.S. officials have said they won’t ‘chase’ after president
  • Abbas sees ulterior motives in U.S. proposals, diplomat says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an offer to hold a joint meeting with U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner and other Arab leaders, Al Hayat reported, citing diplomatic sources.

The president saw the offer as an American maneuver to pressure the Palestinians into accepting a peace plan on Israel’s terms and achieving the “real objective” of pushing for stronger ties between Israel and Arab states, the London-based newspaper reported, quoting an unidentified diplomatic source.