Palestinian president Abbas to meet with Trump on May 3

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is set to visit his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on May 3, the White House announced on Wednesday.

The two leaders will reaffirm their commitment to “pursuing and ultimately concluding a conflict-ending settlement” between Palestinians and Israel, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during a briefing with reporters.

Mr Trump has made resolving the complex and long-running dispute in the Middle East a priority for his administration. Shortly after taking office earlier this year, Mr Trump was visited by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr Trump retreated from more than two decades of US policymaking by saying that a two-state solution was not the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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