US President Joe Biden spoke this Saturday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about Washington’s “diplomatic efforts” in the face of escalating violence in Gaza, and stressed, “the need for Hamas to stop shooting at Israel” .
“Both leaders discussed current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed a common desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds,” the White House said in a statement.
The conversation with Abbas, the first since Biden took office earlier this year, comes on the sixth day of clashes between Israel and Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip and after the US envoy arrived in the region on Friday. that is trying to mediate a ceasefire.
According to the White House note, Biden “informed Abbas of the US diplomatic efforts in the current conflict and stressed the need for Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel.”
The US President also stressed “his support for measures to ensure that the people of Palestine enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity they deserve”.
The note from the conversation with Abbas was released a few minutes after another White House statement on Biden’s appeal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he expressed the United States’ “strong support” for Israel’s right to defend itself from attacks of Hamas.
Biden and Abbas also discussed the visit of the US Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Palestinian and Israeli Affairs, Hady Amr, to the region, who is expected to meet with the Palestinian leader on Monday.
So far, the escalation of violence has left at least 145 Palestinians dead in Gaza, including 41 children.
In Israel, there are ten dead, eight of whom were due to rocket fire, and two who died from falls while running for cover.
Source: with Agencies