Jimmy Carter meets Abbas in West Bank visit

Carter has become one of the most prominent critics of Israel, notably after last summer's war on Gaza

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank on Saturday where they addressed Palestinian parliamentary elections and Hamas-Fatah relations.

Carter expressed his hopes that elections will be held in the Palestinian territories in the future, as well as praising President Abbas and the present leadership for their “wisdom”.

“We also discussed the recent (reconciliation) agreement between Hamas and Fatah,” Carter added, saying that he would make an effort to ensure that everything agreed in the Hamas-Fatah accord is kept to.

Abbas expressed that he feels the international community is not fulfilling their promise to give funds for the restoration of the Gaza Strip.

Abbas also voiced a complaint that Israel is not abiding to agreements made in international resolutions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The former president was scheduled to arrive on April 30 in Gaza to meet with Hamas leaders, and then with Abbas to help mediate between the two factions' stalled national reconciliation, but the trip had been cancelled last week.

The trip to the region initially was meant to include visits to both Israel, Gaza and the West Bank but on April 20, President Reuven Rivlin said he would refuse to meet with Carter due to his stances seen as "anti-Israel."

In recent years, Carter has become one of the most prominent critics of Israel, notably after calling last summer's war on Gaza illegitimate.

He has also slammed U.S. administrations for failing to seal an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and has urged the West to engage Hamas in diplomatic negotiations.

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