President Barack Obama and President Mahmoud Abbas will meet today

· Palestine, United States

United Nations (CNN) — As the international community works on a package of initiatives to avoid a diplomatic showdown over Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Security Council this week, the presidents of the United States and the Palestinian Authority will meet to discuss the issue, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

President Barack Obama and President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Wednesday in New York in an effort to find a way around a showdown, the senior U.S. official said late Tuesday afternoon.

While there are a number of ideas in play, senior U.S., European, Israeli and Palestinian officials have told CNN they center around Abbas delivering a letter to the Security Council seeking full Palestinian statehood, but not forcing a council vote.

The Security Council letter would be paired with a statement by the Mideast Quartet laying out the terms of reference to relaunch peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, the officials said. The quartet is made up of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia.

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The picture is of Hilary Clinton and Mahmud Abbas from an earlier meeting.


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  1. Zia H. Shah

    One would hope that President Obama will show some spine for the right cause this time and decide not to veto the Palestinian cause.

  2. Zia H. Shah

    If we follow Hillel’s commentary of the Torah summarized as follows, ‘That which is hateful to you do not do to others, all the rest is commentary, now go and learn,’ this week, USA and Israel should not veto the resolution of Palestenians in UNO this week!

  3. Zia H. Shah

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scrambling to head off a diplomatic clash, President Barack Obama will publicly push for the Palestinians to drop a statehood bid when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.

    Obama will follow up his speech with separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he seeks to coax both parties back to direct peace talks.

    At the same time, U.S. officials are conceding that they probably cannot prevent Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from moving forward with a request to the U.N. Security Council for full Palestinian membership.

  4. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    I hope I am not too early to say so, but as it looks now President Mahmood Abbas is probably the most courageous of all Presidents.

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