Abbas highlights role of various peace powers to end conflicts

RAMALLAH, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday stressed the importance of the role of the peace powers in Israel in order to achieve a permanent peace between the two sides.

   Abbas made the remarks during meeting with an Israeli left-wing party delegation in Ramallah, according to the report of Palestinian news agency WAFA.

   The report said that Abbas briefed the Israeli delegation on the latest development of the peace process with Israel.

   Head of the delegation Zahava Gil'on, chairman of the left-wing party Meretz, said during the meeting with Abbas that the delegation visited Ramallah because it believes that there is a moderate Palestinian leadership.

   "There is no difference between our views as peace partners because we believe in the necessity of ending the occupation and establishing the Palestinian state on 1967 borders," said Gil'on, according to WAFA.

   Last direct peace talks, sponsored by the United States, had stopped in April 2014 after it went on for nine months without achieving any breakthrough due to deep differences on Israeli settlement and borders.

   A high-ranking U.S. delegation is scheduled to visit in the region soon and will hold meetings with both Israelis and Palestinians to discuss the possibilities of reviving the stalled peace process.  Enditem

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