Abbas to U.S.: Palestinians ready to resume peace talks 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. officials on Wednesday that he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel, the Jerusalem Post is reporting.

Abbas made the comments during a meeting in Ramallah with Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and the U.S. consul-general in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubenstein. 

Abbas' commitment coincides with President Obama's newly-revived push to restart the peace talks. 

Steinberg is carrying Obama's message to Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank this week.

On Friday, he will participate in the U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue  with senior Israeli leaders to discuss the countries' mutual security and partnership, according to the State Department. 

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