Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on Friday in Amman, Jordan.
The Israel-Hamas war had entered its seventh day at the time of the meeting. Israel has retaliated against the terror assaults on its territory that were carried out by Hamas terrorists and resulted in about 1300 fatalities and many injuries.
The head of the Palestinian Authority speaks for the Fatah party, which is Hamas’s fierce political enemy and the party in charge of the Gaza Strip.
Mahmoud Abbas had another meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah the day before he met with Blinken. Following the meeting, the Palestinian leadership issued a call to halt hostilities.
A statement by the Secretary General of the PLO executive committee on behalf of Abbas said, “We affirm the policy of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, which rejects violence and adheres to international legitimacy, peaceful popular resistance, and political action as a path to achieving our national goals of freedom and independence.”
“Mr. President’s meeting with the Jordanian King comes within the framework of the efforts made by the Palestinian leadership around the clock to stop the destructive “war”, and within the framework of coordinating positions between Palestine and Jordan” the statement further said.
“During his meeting with the Jordanian King, His Excellency called for an immediate halt to the comprehensive aggression against our people, the provision of humanitarian medical and relief aid, the provision of water and electricity, and the opening of urgent humanitarian corridors in the Gaza Strip” the statement read.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Blinken made a call to King Abdullah of Jordan. King Abdullah pushed for the creation of a Gaza humanitarian corridor during their meeting.
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