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Abbas yesterday told hundreds of delegates that he is sticking to his rejection of any US proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal following the Trump administration's recognition in December of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital and a decision to move the US Embassy there in mid-May.

"With respect to the two-state solution, the parties will ultimately make the decision about what the right resolution is", he said, adding, "We're certainly open to a two-party solution as a likely outcome. We are certainly open to a two-party solution as a likely outcome", he said at a news conference in Jordan after a visit to Israel.

"We do believe the Israelis have a right to defend themselves", he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Pompeo even refused to fully support the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longtime policy of the White House before the US President Donald Trump's administration.

The Palestinians have essentially boycotted contacts with the USA since Trump announced in December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The PA perceives land registration as an important legal means for proving Palestinians' ownership of land in Judea and Samaria", ostensibly to "make it as hard as possible for Israelis to purchase land in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem and to grant advantages to Palestinians who turn to the courts, including Israeli courts", the report states.

He said the two-state solution, one for Israelis and one for Palestinians, offers the only practical path to peace. Hamas said that Palestinian unity instead requires a strategy that "gets rid of the Trump plan, liberates itself from security cooperation with the Israeli occupation, frees the hands of Palestinians in the West Bank and protects Jerusalem, including the sites holy to Muslims and Christians".

But he would not agree with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi's characterization of the conflict as "the main cause of instability" in the region.

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Meanwhile, during a joint press conference with Pompeo, Safadi stressed the "strong and solid" Jordan-US ties.

"This is the main cause of instability in the region and its resolution is the key to achieving the peace and stability we want", he said.

Pompeo alternately referred to a two-state solution and a "two-party" solution, though it was not immediately clear if he simply misspoke about a complex conflict. But what is the alternative? "We value that and we value the tremendous support the U.S. has continued to give Jordan throughout the years", the top diplomat said.

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Amman was Pompeo's last stop before he returns to Washington, where he has not yet entered the State Department.

Pompeo, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was sworn in on Thursday and then left immediately on a diplomatic trip which first took him to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels.

He said the de-escalation zone in south Syria is an example of successful cooperation between Jordan, the USA and Russian Federation that prevented further bloodshed and destruction in the area.

Jordan and the United States are also in agreement on Syria, as both sides want a political solution that preserves the unity and integrity of the country through following Geneva path and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

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