Gaza, ALRAY - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met late Wednesday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London for the first time since peace talks with Israel collapsed last month. The talks were described as informal.
Abbas also met with British Prime minister David Cameron.
Media sources reported that they discussed Israeli- Palestinian peace deal and the relations with the Palestinian people.
"The door remains open to the peace process. The secretary continues to believe that," a senior State Department official said before Kerry left Washington.
"But the purpose of the meeting is more about our ongoing relationship with the Palestinian people," he said.
It also reported that Abbas updated British prime minister with the Palestinian reconciliation.
Meanwhile, Hamas and Fatah officials concluded a three-hour meeting in Gaza on Wednesday saying that they were confident they would meet the five-week deadline to establish a unity government.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, head of the Hamas negotiating team, said the talks would be finalized next week and the unity government would be announced shortly afterwards . All candidates proposed for the Palestinian unity government will be politically "impartial," Fatah official Fayez Abu Atiyeh said . The formation of a proposed unity cabinet is nearly complete, according to Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri.