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      Thursday, January 25 2018
      Written by Vijeta Uniyal

      Former Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “stay strong” and not to “give in to Trump,” the leading Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported. The comments were reportedly made by Kerry in a conversation with Hussein Agha, a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
      According to the media reports, Kerry was seriously considering a presidential run in 2020 and predicted that “Trump will not remain in office for a long time.”

      Jerusalem Postreported the conversation between Kerry and the senior Palestinian interlocutor:

      While the White House has confirmed that since the Jerusalem Declaration there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration has maintained contact with PA officials.

      Maariv reported that former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place.

      Agha is one of Abbas’s closest associates and one of the veteran peacemakers with Israel.

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