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USA ambassador to United Nations offers yet another version of Mideast policy

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Melinda Barton | 17 February, 2017, 01:33

"We absolutely support a two-state solution", Ambassador Nikki Haley said at United Nations headquarters in NY.

"Anybody who wants to say the United States doesn't support a two-state solution - that would be an error", she said.

"There was a complete agreement" that a resolution needs a "two state-solution and that everything must be done to preserve that possibility", Guterres said after meeting Sisi.

She repeated her statement of support to the two-state solution three times in response to questions from journalists outside the council chamber.

"We are thinking out of the box as well, which is, what does it take to bring these two sides to the table? What can we agree on?'" she said.

In Washington, TrumpĀ“s nominee to become U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said he was skeptical that a two-state solution was feasible but he did not rule it out.

Britain, France and Sweden reaffirmed their support for Palestinian statehood as part of a final deal. Sweden has recognized Palestinian statehood.

According to American author Ralph Schoenman, the two-state solution that the US Democrats and Republicans have pursued over the years is "totally fraudulent".

The White House official's comments came ahead of talks between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Wednesday in Washington.

While talking to reporters at the United Nations on Thursday, Haley backed up Trump's comments on settlements, arguing they aren't helpful to the situation.

"I have expressed my skepticism about the two-state solution exclusively on the basis of what I have perceived as unwillingness to renounce terror and accept Israel as a Jewish state", Friedman told a US Senate confirmation hearing.

Under a two-state solution, long a goal of USA policy, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would eventually govern themselves in a separate state.

A senior Palestinian official denounced the White House comment on Wednesday, saying it was irresponsible.

The Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

While taking with reporters Thursday, Haley also accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias.