RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
met Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
last week, Palestinian officials said on Monday, his first publicly declared meeting with an Israeli government official for almost a year.
Abbas told members of Fateh
's Revolutionary Council that Barak had requested the meeting in Jordan to discuss the possibility of resuming negotiations which broke down a year ago because of a row over Jewish settlement expansion.
The meeting did not produce any result, a Fateh official who heard him speak told Reuters, declining to be named because the meeting had been closed to the media. Israel's Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.
With the peace process at a standstill, Abbas is planning to seek U.N. endorsement of Palestinian statehood at New York's General Assembly meeting later this month.
Israel and the United States, its main ally, are both opposed to the move. Israel sees it as an attempt to undermine its own legitimacy. The United States says the step is unhelpful to efforts to revive bilateral talks.
The Palestinians say U.N. endorsement of statehood in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, while changing nothing on the ground, will strengthen their position in future peace talks with Israel, among other benefits. (Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Louise Ireland)