The US is sticking to its policy of favouring talks leading to a two-state solution in the Middle East that guarantees the status of Israel and “security for the Palestinian people” – not declaring recognition for Palestine as three European countries did earlier today.

At the White House press briefing that’s underway, with press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and national security advisor Jake Sullivan, in Washington, Sullivan was asked about Ireland, Spain and Norway announcing they will formally recognize a Palestinian state on 28 May.

“We believe in a two-state solution that should be brought about by direct talks between parties, not unilateral declarations,” Sullivan said.

He added moments later: “We believe the only way we are going to achieve a two-state solution is through direct negotiations.

Sullivan did not say the word Palestine at any point.

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