Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with Jason Greenblatt, the US president's assistant and special representative for international negotiations, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 14, 2017. / AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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U.S. President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.U.S. officials have described the visit by Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for international negotiations, as a fact-finding mission as the White House seeks a way forward in restarting long-deadlocked peace efforts.But it comes after Trump cast uncertainty over years of international efforts to foster a two-state solution to the conflict when he met Netanyahu at the White House last month. At that meeting, Trump broke with decades of U.S. policy by saying he was not bound to a two-state solution to the conflict and would be open to one state if it meant peace.Trump has since backed away, with U.S. officials saying the decision-making process on the issue was in the early stages.There have been mixed signals over how Trump will approach his efforts to restart negotiations, with the conflict having confounded U.S. leaders for decades.
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