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Trump Tells Abbas: Mideast Peace Would Be 'Great Legacy'

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Thank you very much.

It's a great honor to have President Abbas

from the Palestinian Authority with us

and his representatives, who have

been working very hard with everybody involved

toward peace.

We're looking seriously at peace, and maybe, ultimately,

peace in the whole of the Middle East.

And I think we have a pretty good shot, maybe the best

shot ever.

And that's what we're looking to do.

And I just want to thank you for all

of the time, all of the meetings, all of the work.

It's a complex subject, always been considered the toughest

deal of all, peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The toughest of all.

But I think we have a very, very good chance.

And I certainly will devote everything within my heart

and within my soul to get that deal made.

Our team is expert.

Your team is expert.

Israel is working very hard toward the same goal.

And I must tell you, Saudi Arabia

and many of the different nations are working also hard.

So we'll see if we can put it together.

Who knows?

Stranger things have happened.

But I think we have a good chance.

And it's a great honor to have you with us.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Thank you.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: I'm very delighted to be here

with President Trump, and I thank

you very heartfully for allowing us this opportunity

to meet with you for the first time this year.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: And if this is any proof to anything,

it attests to the seriousness of your excellency, Mr. President,

to achieve the deal of the century in the Middle East

during this year or in the coming months, God willing.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: And we are very certain that you,

Mr. President, are determined to reach real peace in the Middle

East.

And this gives us the assurance and the confidence

that we are on the verge of real peace between the Palestinians

and the Israelis.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: And I would not be giving away any secrets

if I say we have met with your brave and active delegation

more than 20 times since your ascension

to power in the White House.

And if this is an indication to anything,

it indicates how serious you are about peace in the Middle East.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: And I'm very thankful for these efforts.

And you will find utmost seriousness

on our part to achieve peace because peace

serves our interests and the interests of the Israelis.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: And allow me, Mr. President,

to use this opportunity to extend

my heartfelt congratulations to the Jewish people

on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah today

and to the Muslim people on the occasion

of the new Islamic year tomorrow.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: This is a very sweet coincidence

that we can celebrate the new year together

within a 24-hour period.

And if this is an indication to anything,

it means that we can coexist peacefully together.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: Once again Mr. President, we count on you.

Well, thank you very much.

That's very nice and a very great sentiment, frankly.

And I have to say, from the time I'm a little boy,

I've been hearing about peace in the Middle East.

And for so many years, I've been hearing

about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

And we're at a very important juncture.

There's a small period of time.

And we're going to see what we can do.

There can be no promises, obviously.

So many people have talked about it, and it's never happened.

But we are fighting very hard.

We are trying very hard.

We're all getting along together well.

We'll see if we can do it.

And if we do do it, it would be a great, great legacy

for everybody, for everybody.

So let's see what happens.

Good luck, everybody.

Good luck.

And you have millions of people rooting for you.

That I can say.

Thank you.

Thank you very much, everyone.

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