Trump extends condolences to Putin over plane crash near Moscow

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Abbas stressed that if an worldwide event (on Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement) takes place, Palestine asks that its result be the creation of such a mechanism, in which the United States will not be the only mediator, but part of a group of mediators.

The White House added that the two leaders discussed several other diplomatic matters, including efforts to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the stalled peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

Putin told Abbas before the meeting that he had spoken with Trump about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pressed on whether he wishes for the Israeli prime minister to emerge without a criminal charge, Adelson replied: "I wish for peace".

On 30 December, Trump had tweeted on street protests in various Iranian cities saying, "Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas". Trump said still "Palestinians are not looking to make peace".

President Trump made the controversial announcement on December 6 previous year, instructing the State Department to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

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During his trip to the Middle East in May 2017, the USA president told the Israeli and Palestinian leaders that they should make a compromise in order to achieve peace. In fact, just last month, the United States withheld $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump tweeted Palestinians give "no appreciation or respect" to Washington.

The Russian airplane crash occurred near Moscow and happened just minutes after take-off. "And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace", the President said.

"Besides that, the recent declaration of President Trump in December 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel had proofed that the United States is not a fair and serious mediator in sponsoring a serious peace process in the Middle East".

Asked about the issue of settlements, Trump called them "something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace".

The Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, saw Trump's announcement as unfairly taking sides with Israel. Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and proceeded to effectively annex it, in breach of worldwide law. And we are planning to move toward national elections in which all Palestinians, including our diaspora, can take part, with the goals of better representation, more support for our refugees and strengthening our people's steadfastness under occupation.

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