Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Trump Tells Putin 'Now Is Time' To Work For Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Trump Tells Putin 'Now Is Time' To Work For Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Amid a spat with Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims of coordinating West Bank annexation moves with Washington Monday, US President Donald Trump pushed for a new peace initiative in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S.in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its actions", Abbas told Putin at the start of talks in Moscow.

"The two presidents discussed other topics of mutual concern, and President Trump reiterated the importance of taking further steps to ensure the denuclearization of North Korea", according to the White House.

Trump has repeatedly complained that Russian Federation is not doing all he says it should to pressure North Korea to lay down its nuclear arms through stringent economic sanctions. On Sunday, Palestinian officials said Abbas will seek the help of the Russian president to implement an global multilateral mechanism for sponsoring the peace process.

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The Kremlin said the two leaders spoke by telephone.

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

"We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the USA in its status of a mediator", Abbas said in Moscow.

On January 14, Abbas said that Trump's so-called Middle East peace efforts are the "slap of the century" after his recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

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Trump White House has been less publicly critical of Israel's settlement building than previous administrations. Egypt said the USA must restart talks between Israel and Palestine, according to Palestine's official WAFA news agency.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis live in sizeable settlements, beyond the internationally recognised borders of their state.

President Donald Trump extended his condolences to President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday regarding the 71 people killed in a plane crash outside Moscow, the White House announced.

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'Obviously we spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'.

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