The US State Department said on Thursday it had received no information to indicate that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would drop out of planned indirect talks with Israel. "I don't think that that report that's been circulating for the last 24 hours is accurate. We've heard nothing to indicate that they've pulled out," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told a news briefing.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Wednesday that Abbas had told him he had decided not to enter the so-called "proximity talks" with Israel. (Reuters)