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Palestinian leader refused call from Blinken, demanded that Biden call — report

US Vice President Joseph Biden, left, gestures as he walks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 10, 2010. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
US Vice President Joseph Biden, left, gestures as he walks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 10, 2010. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to receive a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken a month and a half ago, demanding that the call come from President Joe Biden himself, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reports.

The unsourced report says officials in Washington and Ramallah are currently discussing a possible phone call between Blinken and PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh or senior PA official Hussein al-Sheikh.

Biden and Abbas haven’t spoken since the US president’s inauguration.

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