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Abbas speaks to Blinken, demands end to ‘Israeli aggression in E. Jerusalem, W. Bank

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a press conference at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 18, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a press conference at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 18, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke on the phone today, a senior Abbas adviser says.

“The president stressed the necessity of stopping Israeli aggression in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as the Gaza Strip, stopping settler attacks and the reconstruction of Gaza,” tweets senior PA official Hussein al-Sheikh.

According to al-Sheikh, Abbas told Blinken that “a comprehensive political process which ends the occupation must begin now.”

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