Palestinian president meets World Jewish Congress head

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder in the West Bank on Saturday, a Palestinian minister said after Lauder called the Palestinians to resume peace talks with Israel.
Civilian Minister Hussein al-Sheikh revealed the meeting in a Twitter posting but did not provide details.
Lauder, an American businessman who met Abbas a year ago in New York, attended the signing ceremony for an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on September 15 to forge formal ties.
He told the Saudi Arabian newspaper on September 16 that he hoped the deal would bring the Palestinians back to the peace talks with Israel that collapsed in 2014.
The Palestinians have severed diplomatic ties with the Trump administration, long accused of pro-Israel bias, and rejected the Gulf states' diplomatic moves towards Israel.
A Palestinian official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, that Lauder was not carrying a message from the White House. A second Palestinian source said Abbas had discussed the appeal he made to the United Nations last month for a United States-led peace conference early next year.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; writing by Maayan Lubell; editing by John Stonestreet)

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