Jason Greenblatt meets Binyamin Netanyahu
Jason Greenblatt meets Binyamin NetanyahuFlash 90

US President Donald Trump's chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday as part of the administration's efforts to advance peace, the
American official said.

Greenblatt was accompanied by US ambassador to Israel David Friedman in what the peace negotiator called in a Tweet "a check-in as the Administration continues with its peace efforts which will benefit both Israelis and Palestinians."

Officials from Netanyahu's office offered no further information on the meeting.

On Tuesday, Greenblatt met with the European Union's special representative for the Middle East, Fernando Gentilini, as well as with Israeli Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the COGAT Defense Ministry unit responsible for activities in Judea and Samaria, the US envoy said on Twitter.

Greenblatt's visit to Israel was meant to precede that of Vice President Mike Pence, who was due to arrive on Wednesday but postponed the trip to January, citing a need to attend a crucial Senate vote in Washington.

Trump's December 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked almost universal diplomatic condemnation and riots across the Arab world, with Israel praising the "historic" move.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said PA officials would not meet US political officials, and called on China and Russia to take a greater role in creating a peace process instead.

Abbas himself was meanwhile received in Saudi Arabia by King Salman on Wednesday, where the monarch pledged his country's support for eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.