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Trump adviser meets Israeli settler leaders in unusual move

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

A top adviser to US President Donald Trump Israeli settler leaders today in an unusual move likely to raise fresh concerns over future prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The confirmed the talks between Jason Greenblatt and leaders of the Israeli settler movement took place in as part of the official's wide-ranging meetings this week.

The Yesha Council, the main Israeli settler organisation, said it was believed to be its highest level official meeting ever with a US administration.

The meeting was attended by Yesha leaders Oded Revivi and Yossi Dagan, the group said.

"Representatives from Yesha have with John Kerry and others on the sidelines of events, but we have not had official meetings like this," a spokesman said.

"The previous administration never like this."

Israeli settlements in the occupied West are considered illegal under international and major obstacles to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Israeli settlement expansion has been the subject of harsh international criticism, with many warning that it is gradually eating away at prospects for a two-state solution, the basis of years of negotiations.

Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for international negotiations, has met a range of people on both the Palestinian and Israeli side during his visit this week, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

He was due to meet Netanyahu again today.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 22:32 IST