Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson Reuters

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims that US president Donald Trump exerted heavy pressure during his visit on Prime Minister Netanyahu and PA chairman Abbas to renew the peace negotiations.

Tillerson said that "Trump asked both sides in no uncertain terms to agree to compromises in order to promote peace."

Tillerson also noted that the talks with Israelis and Palestinian Authority had been "positive and helpful."

The president emphasized the subject a number of times to both sides and left optimistic and with the feeling that his message had gotten across," added Tillerson who is accompanying Trump on his first presidential visit abroad.

On Thursday President Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, will arrive in Israel to start from the point where the president left off and try to mediate a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas in the near future.

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