The meeting yesterday discussed the latest developments "in depth and detail", media quoted Abbas' spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeinah as saying.

Abu Rudeinah said that Abbas stressed the Palestinian leadership's efforts to "go to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to condemn settlement expansion and end it."

He added that the President addressed the efforts to form national consensus government to unify the Palestinian land and people, with regards to the latest round of talks between Abbas's Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement in Doha.

Abbas wants Kerry to talk to the Israelis and help release the striking prisoner Mohamed Al-Qiq, who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days protesting administrative detention, and to release bodies of Palestinians withheld by Israeli authorities, said Abu Rudeinah.

Kerry said the Obama administration will continue to exert its efforts till the last moment to maintain the two-states solution in order to achieve stability and security in the region.

The Palestinian Presidency welcomed statements by French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius in which he said his country would resume efforts to organise an international conference to "rescue the two-states solution."

The Israeli public radio reported that a senior US official said that direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israel are the best way to reach a mutual agreement.

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