Israel was in parallel preparing to release 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners ahead of today’s talks, but had not yet given the exact timing.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat underlined the importance of the prisoner release for peace talks to continue.
“We hope to put into effect what we’ve agreed on ... we hope for the release of 104 prisoners,” he said. “There is a clear understanding between us and the Americans and Israelis. Any change [in that] will mean the agreement is off the table.”