Israel delays ‘peace talks’ with PA

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 11, 2021

Israel put off a scheduled meeting between Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Riyad Al-Maliki and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, Maariv revealed yesterday.

The Shehab News Agency reported the Israeli daily saying that the meeting was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in Israel.

The two sides had agreed on the meeting following direct mediation by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and representatives from other countries, including France, Germany and Jordan.

This, Maariv added, came as part of efforts to resume peace talks between the PA and the Israeli occupation state and following pressure from the PA for an international peace conference to be held.