US delegation to visit region on 25 August

PNN/ Bethlehem/

High-level political sources revealed Tuesday that the American delegation which includes a number of senior officials of the US administration will visit the region on the 25th of this month.

The sources, who preferred not to stay unidentified, said in an interview with PNN that the US delegation sent by US President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit some Arab countries.

A delegation including Mr Kushner, US envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace process Jason Greenblatt, and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will be headed to the Middle East in the coming days, a White House spokesperson confirmed.

The visit reportedly aims to “to continue discussions on how to support peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians,” white house official said.

“The President has asked that the discussions focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combatting extremism, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and determining economic steps to ensure a peace deal offers security, stability and prosperity for the region” added the official.

On the other hand, Dr. Saeb Erekat, secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said Tuesday that the international community must preserve the two-state option on the 1967 borders or oblige the Israeli government to stop colonial settlement activities, including occupied East Jerusalem. The US administration to achieve the two-state option of Palestinian and Israeli to live side by side in peace.

On the level of efforts to revive the peace process, Erekat stressed that, contrary to some of the Israeli media, the Palestinian side continues to work with the administration of President Trump to achieve the two-state option on the 1967 borders, and to immediately declare that the goal of the peace process is to achieve this option, in addition to the obligation of the Israeli government to stop all Israeli colonial settlement activities.

Erekat stressed that what the Israeli government is trying to impose by devoting and deepening the occupation status quo leads to the deepening and consolidation of the apartheid, which is unacceptable to the international community.