RAMALLAH (AFP) – The differences with Washington over the UN bid are “still wide”, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday after talks with US envoys in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
“The gap between the Palestinian and US positions is still wide after the meeting,” presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.
“There are efforts being made and an agreement to continue communication with the US administration and the [Middle East] Quartet envoy,” he said.
His remarks came shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks with Washington’s Middle East envoy David Hale and Dennis Ross, senior adviser to US President Barack Obama.
Hale and Ross are seeking to head off the Palestinian bid for UN membership later this month.
Israel and Washington are firmly opposed to the Palestinian campaign, arguing that a Palestinian state can be established only through negotiations.
“We are determined to protect our right to go to the UN to seek membership for the state of Palestine,” Abu Rudeina added.