Biden to meet Palestinian leaders ahead of Saudi visit

US President Joe Biden will meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank Friday, with talks expected to focus on economic measures but without striking any major diplomatic breakthrough.

Bethlehem marks the latest stop on Biden’s Middle East tour, following meetings with Israeli officials and ahead of a visit to Saudi Arabia.

With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations moribund since 2014, a US official said the delegation will make “some significant announcements… such as enhancing Palestinian economic opportunities.”