Itongadol.- Palestinian official says Kerry asked Abbas to send negotiator Saeb Erekat to Rome, but the PA president refused.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to discuss the American framework accord for the continuation of peace talks with Israel until the fourth and final group of Palestinian prisoners is released, a Palestinian source told AFP on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Kuwait, Abbas said he was still waiting to receive a formal framework proposal from US Secretary of State John Kerry. He said there have been no talks on extending negotiations beyond the April deadline, adding that the coming month would be "a very important period."
Kerry had to interrupt his visit to Europe with President Barack Obama to jet to Amman on Tuesday seeking to rescue his faltering Middle East peace bid, amid fears Israel may scrap plans to free Palestinian prisoners.
According to the Palestinian official, Kerry has asked Abbas to send the PLO\’s chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, to Rome for a meeting with the secretary of state, but Abbas refused.
Upon arriving in Jordan, Kerry first held talks with Jordan\’s King Abdullah II before dinner later with Abbas as he presses his bid to "continue to narrow the gaps" between the two sides, his spokeswoman said.
Kerry also spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the three-hour flight from Rome, US officials said; the two were due to speak against after Kerry dined with Abbas.