Senior US official meeting PA officials ahead of Sharm el-Sheikh summit

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh meets with US Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr in Ramallah as the sides ready for a follow-up summit of regional leaders that will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Sunday, the senior PA official says.

Al-Sheikh told The Times of Israel earlier this month that the PA would not attend the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting unless it received assurances from fellow attendees Jordan, Egypt and the US that they would hold Israel accountable for the commitments it made at the previous regional gathering in Aqaba last month, where the sides agreed to temporarily hold off on advancing unilateral measures opposed by the other side.

Al-Sheikh said comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli ministers dismissing the Aqaba summit harmed efforts to de-escalate tensions.

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