Trump and Abbas to Meet in Washington on May 3

Following visits by Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian leaders, the Palestinian president will visit Washington to discuss reviving peace talks with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, January 29, 2017.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, January 29, 2017. Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the White House on May 3, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Wednesday.

During the daily press briefing at the White House Spicer said that the two leaders will discuss ways to revive the peace process and to ultimately find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Abbas and Trump spoke over the phone last month and the two agreed to meet and discuss ways to revive the peace process. The call was the first contact between the two leaders, coming after complaints by Palestinian officials that they had failed to establish contact with the Trump administration. A senior Palestinian official said the conversation was positive and lasted 10 minutes. The official added that Trump told Abbas that he knows he is committed to peace.

The Palestinian Authority's newly appointed envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, is working with the U.S. administration to prepare the meeting between the two leaders. Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian politician and a member of Abbas' Fatah party, was also in Washington last week.