Putin, Trump discuss Israel-Palestine peace process over phone call


Putin was reported to have made the comments at the start of a meeting in Moscow with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. "So we are just going to have to see what happens".

Palestinians see the US Jerusalem decision, which broke with years of global diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.

The dramatic shift in Washington's policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, and other Muslim countries.

USÂ President Donald Trump upended decades of USA policy when he announced two months ago that the USÂ recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The surprising bit in the latest interview is Trump's criticism for Israel.

Israel and the United States have long opposed an global effort involving the United Nations in peace negotiations, expressing concerns it would be biased against Israel.

He is due to speak at the United Nations Security Council on February 20, where he is expected to respond to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem. It has strengthened diplomatic and defence ties with Israel since Modi came to power.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said support for the Palestinian cause is a continuing thread in India's foreign policy and hoped for an early realisation of a "sovereign, independent Palestine living in a peaceful environment", reports said.

President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January 25.

And Palestine sees this as an opportunity rather than a threat.

'In case of an worldwide meeting, we ask that the United States be not the only mediator, but just one of the mediators'.

"He went on saying in an interview at his office in Ramallah that the Palestinians are ready, immediately, when there is seriousness in a political process that has a clear reference on the basis of worldwide legitimacy and global law, and with an honest broker and an global engagement".

"Naturally we spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement", Putin said, telling Abbas: "I would like to convey to you his best wishes".

"It's a bit much for Trump to chide Israel for not taking the peace process seriously".