A US congressional delegation led by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
The U.S. delegation would travel to Israel, Germany and the UK, said Pelosi’s office in a statement on Tuesday. The trip will focus on security, economy and governance, the office added the statement.
She said the first stop would be Israel, where they will meet Israeli leaders and leaders in the civic community to discuss the prospects for a two-state solution and regional security.
The delegation includes House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, congresswoman Betty McCollum, chair of Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, House Armed Services Committee member Seth Moulton, among others.
The Palestinian WAFA News Agency said President Abbas “affirmed to Pelosi the importance of ending the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine, halting all Israeli settlement activities, curbing settler violence, respecting the status quo in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and finally putting an end to Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.”
“President Abbas stressed the need to stop unilateral Israeli practices that undermine the two-state solution, in order to start a real political process in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions,” added WAFA.