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He described his December 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital as the high point of his time in office so far.

Palestinians saw the USA decision, which broke with years of global diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state. He added that while the United States remain firmly committed to the peace process, it is ultimately up to Israelis and Palestinian to decide on that. "The Consul of America in Jerusalem has really one duty - to represent America with the Palestinians because the relationship between the America and Israel is conducted by the Embassy in Tel Aviv".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Moscow for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss an global multilateral mechanism for the so-called peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis in a bid to supplant the "biased" United States. After Trump's announcement there was immediate criticism from many of Canada's allies, who anxious that the move would create instability and a barrier to peaceful settlement.

Contrary to the image portrayed by mainstream media, U.S. President Donald Trump kept his plans off the table with regard to Iranian actions in Syria - and for that matter, with regard to his plans for the Palestinian Authority.

Recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the "high point" of his first year in office, President Trump has said.

Nofal said "President Abbas announced that for Palestinians, the U.S. in not welcome to play the role of broker because of its bias towards Israel".

The official described the upcoming meeting as "important" as it comes on the eve of Abbas' address before the UN General Assembly later this month.

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"I think what we are seeing here is not the end of the U.S. role as an honest broker because it never was an honest broker", she told Al Jazeera.

While Trump took his usual "we'll have to see what happens" attitude of offering few details, he did caution that Israel's continued expansion of settlements in the occupied territories are seriously complicating peace efforts.

USA lost its credibility of being mediator in peace process between Israel and Palestine after President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel in December last.

Trump has said he intends to bring the Israelis and Palestinians to the "ultimate deal" that would resolve the decades-long conflict, but in the interview he questioned whether negotiations were even possible for now.

Trump threatened to cut additional aid to Palestinians last month after the US announced it was withholding $65 million in aid to the United Nations agency that serves Palestinian refugees.

"I don't know frankly if we are going to even have talks".

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