Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict

Pope Francis, right, welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medi

Pope Francis, right, welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medi

Pope Francis is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew

Pope Francis is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew

Pope Francis, left, meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichin

Pope Francis, left, meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichin

Pope Francis, right, welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medi

Pope Francis, right, welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medi

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, is flanked by Vatican Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, as he arrives for a p

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, is flanked by Vatican Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, as he arrives for a p

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/

Pope Francis, right, walks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis, right, walks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stand during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Me

Pope Francis, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stand during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Me

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis, right, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew M

Pope Francis is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew

Pope Francis is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini,

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini,

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan.

Abbas met for 20 minutes Monday with Pope Francis and then the Vatican foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher.

The Vatican said the talks focused on efforts to reactivate the peace process "and to reach a two-state solution, hoping for a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to meet the legitimate aspirations of both peoples."

A Vatican statement said Jerusalem must remain a holy city for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

It was the first visit by Abbas since the U.S. transferred its embassy and recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.