Abbas said to refuse call from Blinken, wants to hear from Biden first

While US president called Netanyahu, PA leader has not received same courtesy; efforts underway to arrange conversation between top American diplomat and PA premier Shtayyeh

Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Joe Biden after their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 10, 2010. (AP/Bernat Armangue)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to accept a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken a month and a half ago, demanding that the new administration’s first call come directly from the Oval Office.

However, more than two months into the new presidency, a call between US President Joe Biden and Abbas has not taken place.

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