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PA’s Abbas refused to hold phone call with Biden during Wednesday visit — report

US President Joe Biden (L) is received by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank on July 15, 2022. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
US President Joe Biden (L) is received by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank on July 15, 2022. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to hold a phone call with US President Joe Biden during the latter’s visit to Israel on Wednesday, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

Citing an unnamed Palestinian source in Ramallah with knowledge of the matter, Kan says Biden administration officials tried to arrange a phone call between the leaders, but Abbas rejected the request.

Nevertheless, US and PA teams have remained in contact, even as Abbas has seethed with Washington’s support for Israel in its war against Hamas. He also canceled an expected meeting with Biden and Arab leaders at a summit in Jordan earlier this week.

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