RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday.
The sessions are the first with the Palestinian Authority leaders for the Obama administration.
The issues in the region remain complex as Clinton tries to juggle split Palestinian factions and an Israeli government that remains in flux.
The United States recognizes the Fatah Party's Palestinian Authority government, which controls the West Bank. The U.S. considers the militant Hamas party a terrorist organization, but Hamas controls Gaza.
"In the absence of Hamas agreeing to the principles that have been adopted by such a broad range of international actors, I don't see that we or they - or anyone - could deal with Hamas," Clinton said Tuesday in an interview with CNN.
Clinton said Hamas must do what the Palestine Liberation Organization has done, which is comply with the principles set out by the so-called Quartet - the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations - and adopted by the Arab League: Renounce violence, recognize Israel and agree to abide by prior PLO commitments.
The PLO is the umbrella group that includes Abbas' Fatah Party.