Palestinian President, Israeli Defense Minister Discuss Security, Economy

Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz on Wednesday said he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed issues related to the economy and security ties.

“We discussed the implementation of economic and civilian measures, and emphasized the importance of deepening security coordination and preventing terror and violence – for the well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians,” Gantz said in a tweet message.

The talks were held in Gantz’s home in Israel and marked the first such visit by the Palestinian president since the last round of peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Palestinian Head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al Sheikh said President Abbas met with Minister Gantz, where they discussed the importance of creating a political horizon that leads to a political solution in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

“They also discussed the tense situation on the field because of the practices of settlers, and the meeting dealt with many security, economic and humanitarian issues,” Al Sheikh added.

Their talks mark as the highest-level public meetings between the two sides top officials since Israel’s new government was formed in June.

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