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Israel-Palestine peace talks: presidents meet

Israeli President Shimon Peres held a secret meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas two months ago on resuming the peace talks between the two sides, a media report said.
Israeli and Palestinian sources said Peres met Abbas in Amman, Jordan and convinced the Palestinian leader that Jewish settlers might have to stay in a future Palestinian state, Xinhua cited the London-based Sunday Times as saying.

‘He (Peres) convinced him to accept that West Bank settlers and Jewish residents of east Jerusalem could remain in their settlements but be subject to the Palestinian state,’ a source told the British newspaper.

Meanwhile, Peres Sunday congratulated Abbas in a phone conversation on the renewal of the peace process, which came to a halt in 2010 over Israel’s expansion of settlement activities in the West Bank. Earlier, Israel’s Netanyahu also welcomed the resumption of peace talks .
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