U.S. pledged to continue working with Abbas

November 5, 2009 11:33 pm 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 — The United States on Thursday vowed to continue its cooperation with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas when the latter reiterated his decision not to run for re- election in January.

"We have tremendous respect for President Abbas. He has been an important and historic leader for the Palestinian people and a true partner for the United States," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

"He has worked to better the lives of Palestinians. I would simply say that whatever he decides, we look forward to continuing to work with him and to continue in that collaboration to make the lives of Palestinians better," Gibbs said.

Abbas said earlier in the day that he will not run in the Palestinian presidential elections in January 2010. He also refused to resume the negotiations until Israel freezes the settlement since the building annexed more Palestinian land to Israel and undermined chances of having a Palestinian statehood alongside Israel. (PNA/Xinhua)

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