Trump to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 3

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a news conference after a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels

President Trump will host Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on May 3, Trump's team announced Wednesday.

Secret meetings are being held with the objective of resuming unconditional Israel-Palestine talks without a timetable, informed Palestinian sources revealed on Tuesday.

Israel, it is claimed, is interested in conducting unconditional talks with the Palestinians in order to avoid worldwide pressure.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) meets with Jason Greenblatt, the United States president's assistant and special representative for worldwide negotiations, at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 14, 2017.

He said Palestine was glad that the USA administration "listens about us from us, and not from third parties". Rajoub told foreign reporters that Trump had made it clear to Abbas in a recent phone call that he was his "strategic partner" in making a "real and serious" peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Trump spoke to Abbas on March 10 and invited him to the White House.

Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, conveyed Trump's wishes to achieve a lasting peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, while attending the Arab League's 2017 summit last month in Amman, Jordan.

Mahmoud Abbas will visit Washington on May 3.

During a February 15 media conference, Trump was ambivalent about a two-state solution. Palestinians oppose that settlement-building because they believe that much of the West Bank should be given to them as part of a two-state solution.

The two leaders are expected to address options for pursuing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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