Abbas tells Blinken that Gaza integral to Palestinian statehood, peace conference needed

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, in Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/Pool Photo via AP)
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, in Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tells visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Gaza is integral to Palestinian statehood hopes and should not be cut off as a result of Israel’s war with Hamas, an official statement says.

The statement, published by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, further quotes Abbas as saying that Palestinians must not be displaced from Gaza or the West Bank.

Abbas further called for the “convening an international peace conference to end the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, which achieves peace and security for all,” according to WAFA.

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