Abbas called for a conference by mid-2018 to pave the way for recognition of Palestinian statehood.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.In a rare address to the U.N. Security Council, Abbas presented what he called a "peace plan" to revive the comatose Israeli-Palestinian talks with a new international mediation – in which the United States would play less of a predominant role.The U.S. State Department, in response to Abbas' call, said later Tuesday it would consider involving other countries in the future if it believedthat would be helpful.Haley was accompanied to the council meeting by Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. envoy for Middle East peace and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in law and adviser on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
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