Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, reaffirmed on Friday that the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations next week does not conflict with the peace process in the Middle East. He added that the Palestinian bid for statehood will lead the peace talks out of the impasse which he said was due to Israeli refusal to freeze all settlement expansion and construction, as well as its refusal to be abide by international conventions.

“The Palestinian leadership is set to resume peace talks with Israel if Israel agrees on the base goal of a two-state solution on the borders of 1967 and the upholding of international treaties, along with halting all construction in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”. Abbas made these points during a meeting with the US special envoy for peace process in the Middle East, David Hale.

The Palestinian President updated the UN envoy on the latest news regarding the Palestinian bid to have a full membership at the UN and be recognized as a nation, according to the Palestine Information & News Agency.

The US envoy is visiting the Palestinian Territories for the second time, after paying a visit to the Palestinian leadership last week in an unsuccessful attempt to convince Palestinian leaders to call off their bid for statehood at the UN.