Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday attested to the U.S. president’s seriousness about reaching a Middle East peace deal soon.
Abbas thanked Trump for hosting him at the meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders in New York.
“If this is any proof to anything … it attests to the seriousness of your excellency, Mr. President, to achieve the deal of the century in the Middle East during this year or in the coming months, God willing,” Abbas said through an interpreter.
Trump thanked Abbas for “all of the time, all of the meetings, all of the work” he has put in.
“It’s a complex subject. Always been considered the toughest deal of all,” Trump said. “Peace between the Israel and the Palestinians, the toughest of all. But I think we have a very, very good chance, and I certainly will devote everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made.”