Foreign pool report , statements at the Roosevelt room

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From: Nadia Bilbassy [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:16 PM
Subject: Foreign pool report , statements at the Roosevelt room

> Both presidents made statements that were televised . President Abbas gave a lengthy statement speaking in classical Arabic . A spontaneous translation was avail into English by state dept translator.
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> The highlights of President Abbas speech are the following :
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> "Our strategic option is the realization of a 2 states solution , a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its captial next to the state of Israel living in peace and security on the 1967 border ."
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> " A peace between both sides will give an impetuous to an International coaltion against terrorism esp against ISIS which distorts  our noble Islamic religion "
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> "Peace also will lead to the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab states. "
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> President Abbas praised POTUS for "his willingness and desire and ability to find a new opportunity to start the peace process."
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> President Abbas believes the all final status issues including refugees and jerusalem can be solved and no unilateral action should be taken to undermined the negotiations according to international law .
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> He talked about the suffering of the Palestinian people demanding that Israel ends its 50 years of occupation to Palestinian land allowing Palestinians to live in freedom and dignity . " we are the only occupied people in the world ".
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> He responded to Israel criticism about incitement saying that "we encourage our children to be peace lovers and work for peace ".
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> He believe that a " historical peace agreement "  can be reached under the " courageous leadership of President Trump".
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> POTUS and President Abbas shook hands twice .
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> Both Secretary of State Rick Tilerson  and Depty Assistant for national security , Dina Powell  stood behind the pool .
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> No questions were taken.
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> Pool ushered to cabinet room.
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> Nadia Bilbassy
> Bureau chief
> Alarabiya News Channel
> Washington DC
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