The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abas told Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, that the US must turn its words about the Mideast conflict into actions.
Abbas said that the US must turn its words into actions instead of condemning unilateral Israeli measures. “The situation on the ground cannot be accepted at all,” he told Blinken during a telephone conversation.
According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, Abbas stated that “the current situation cannot tolerated in the absence of an international protection of our citizens”
Abbas demanded that the US remove the Palestine Liberation Organization, (PLO), from its US terrorist organization list. He also requested that Washington reopen the PLO office and reopen East Jerusalem consulate. Xinhua, citing the WAFA, reported the Xinhua news agency.
Blinken stated to Abbas that the US government is committed to the two-state solution. He said that settlement expansion was stopped and that expulsions of Palestinians from Jerusalem were not an option.
Blinken said, “The US is committed in reopening its consulate at Jerusalem,” and that Washington will send a high ranking delegation to the region to prepare to host US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit at June’s end.
Blinken said Washington is eager to investigate the murder Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abou Akleh, in order to bring the killers to justice.
Abu Akleh, 51 years old, was shot in his head while covering an Israeli military raid on Jenin, a Palestinian refugee camp, in the northern West Bank.