Trump's UN Envoy: U.S. Still Supports Two-state Solution, but We're Thinking 'Out-of-the-box'

Nikki Haley's remarks follow comments made by Trump at a press conference with Netanyahu that were seen as a retreat from American support for a Palestinian state.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Nikki Haley attends a meeting of the Security Council.
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The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Thursday that the Trump administration still supports a two-state solution to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, a measure that would see a Palestinian state created alongside Israel. 

Speaking to a UN Security Council session on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Haley said: "We support the two-state solution, but we are thinking out-of-the-box as well."

Haley's comments follow remarks on the two-state solution by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at a joint White House news conference with visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

"So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like," Trump said. "I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Bibi [Prime Minister Netanyahu] and if the Palestinians - if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best."

The two-state solution has long been a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.