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Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat gestures during an interview in the West Bank city of RamallahReuters

Ramallah – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian delegation has completed discussions in Washington with the U.S. administration – these discussions included bilateral topics as well as security and political ones.

“An agreement has been reached to form bilateral committees and continue consultations between the two parties in the future,” said Erekat.

It hasn’t been announced whether the Palestinian delegation will meet the team of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump or not.

Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Palestinian delegation arrived to Washington upon the invitation of the U.S. Department of State in order to carry out bilateral meetings – the delegation will try to meet with Trump team.

Sources added that “all topics that concern Palestinians were tackled such as future relations, settlement, threats to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and even the region’s topics.”

A joint statement on the U.S.-Palestinian political dialogue revealed that the dialogue “granted both parties the opportunity to discuss topics of high importance including regional ones…The PLO and the U.S. renews their commitment to the two-state solution that is the sole way to reach peace.”

“Both delegations denounced terrorism and its supporters in the region and the world. They admitted the threat paused by ISIS and expressed concern that this organization shook stability in the region, especially in Syria and Iraq,” the statement added.

Both parties highlighted the important role of civil society and the need to create political and economic opportunities for the future generations in Palestine, according to the statement, which also highlighted that “both delegations stressed the solidity of U.S.-Palestinian relations and expressed willingness to resume political dialogue in 2017.”