After his meeting with the Israelis, Sullivan assures Abbas of Washington’s commitment to the two-state solution
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stressed on Wednesday evening the US commitment to the two-state solution, following talks he held with a number of Israeli officials.
Sullivan said that during his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he affirmed the interest of the administration of US President Joe Biden in strengthening communication with the Palestinian Authority and deepening relations with the Palestinian people.
During the meeting, Sullivan urged the importance of joint action by all parties to move forward to achieve peace and stability in the region.
The official Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) stated that Abbas assured the US official the necessity of ending the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, halting settlement activities, and stopping “aggressions and terrorism” of settlers.
Abbas called for the importance of respecting the historical situation in the Haram al-Sharif, stopping the expulsion of Palestinian residents from Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, stopping tax cuts and stifling the Palestinian economy.
The Palestinian President stressed the need to stop these unilateral Israeli practices that undermine the two-state solution, and to implement the agreements signed between the two sides, in order to start a real political process in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.
Sullivan’s meeting with the Palestinian president came after talks he held with a number of Israeli political and military officials.
A statement issued by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, yesterday, Wednesday, stated that the Iranian nuclear file was at the forefront of the discussions that took place in occupied Jerusalem with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, as Bennett assured Sullivan that the Iranian nuclear program destabilizes the region.
Bennett called for halting negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, which resumed last November in Vienna, accusing Iran of “nuclear blackmail.”
For his part, Sullivan said that the United States and Israel are at a “crucial stage” with regard to various security issues, adding that the two sides should develop a joint strategy to confront those issues.
“We are discussing with our allies time frames for the Iran nuclear talks,” Sullivan was quoted as saying by Reuters, without providing further details.
Subsequently, the White House said that US and Israeli officials discussed the need to confront all aspects of the Iranian threat, including the nuclear program, destabilizing activities, and support for “terrorist groups” acting as proxy.
The US National Security Adviser’s visit comes amid reports of accelerating Israeli military preparations for possible military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities if the Vienna negotiations fail.
Israel opposes the Vienna talks, saying that Tehran is close to the “nuclear threshold”, meaning that it has enough fuel to produce an atomic bomb.