Kerry speaks with Abbas associate while PA severs ties with US gov't: report
Etienne LAURENT (POOL/AFP/File)
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly spoke to, Husssein Agha, an associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, this week, and asked to relay a message to Abbas, telling him to remain strong and stay in good spirits, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.
While the Palestinian Authority cut ties with Washington after US President Donald Trump's bombshell announcement declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the PA reportedly maintains ties with member of the Obama administration.
Agha was a part of the so-called "London track" – a set of secret talks established from 2010 to 2013 designed to bring a solution to the conflict involving officials from both sides under the supervision of top US diplomat Dennis Ross.
Agha is also considered to be an avid supporter of the peace process and the two-state solution.
Kerry reportedly asked the Palestinian official to refrain from publicly attacking the US government, but rather to focus on attacking Trump himself, who Kerry holds responsible for the diplomatic row.
The former US top diplomat also offered to establish an alternate channel of communications to forge a renewed peace process and asserted that many in Washington are displeased with Trump performance as president, particularly as it pertains to foreign policy.
Keery also reportedly said he is considering running for president in 2020.
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