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Despite Trump, US reaffirms support for two-state solution

The US still backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says its ambassador to the UN.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the United States still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a day after President Donald Trump suggested he is open to new ways to achieve peace.

"First of all, the two-state solution is what we support. Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error," Haley told reporters at the United Nations on Thursday.

"We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well."

Haley's comments came after Trump said on Wednesday that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution, the longstanding bedrock of Washington and the international community's policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I can live with either one."