Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Paris to continue French-led peace efforts. He will meet US secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
"In Kerry's meeting with Abbas, the two would discuss prospects towards helping us create conditions for a two-state solution. There is a possibility there could be additional bilateral meetings while we're in Paris," US State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
"Not looking at trying to make progress based on a fixed date on the calendar. This is something he has been focused on since he has been the secretary of state, and will remain so for, I can assure you, the entire time that he's in office," he added.
In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry, said that Abbas and Ayrault will have a meeting to work on implementation of the multilateral French peace initiative. The French peace initiative aims to hold an international summit on the Israeli-Palestinian issue by the end of 2016.
During the past several months, France has been hosting renewed peace talks between Palestine and Israel in order to solve the long-lasting conflict between the two.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the French-led peace efforts in April, saying that the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestinians is through direct, bilateral negotiations.
The Palestinian Authority, howeverm, has shown support for the peace efforts and canceled the submission of an anti-settlement resolution to the UN in April, causing anger among many Palestinian political factions.