Obama, Clinton, Abbas, Comparing Notes on Eve of Quartet Meet (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jacob Edelist 03/22/12)
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Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina has told AFP that Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton phoned President Mahmoud Abbas on
Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the international Quartet scheduled
for next month.
Clinton’s call to Abbas was to follow up on discussions between Abbas
and Obama a day earlier, the official Palestinian Authority news
agency Wafa reported Wednesday.
According to the report, Clinton said a group of US officials are
slated to arrive at the region soon. Abbas told Obama on Monday that
he would return to negotiations if Israel committed to the demands of
the Quartet (e.g. settlement freeze).
Obama’s call to Abbas was their first conversation since their
meeting in New York when the US vetoed Abbas’ bid for Palestinian
statehood at the UN. This time around, Obama wished to reassure the
PA President that the US was committed to Middle East peace, a PLO
official told Wafa.
Saeb Erekat told the PA’s official radio station that Abbas told
Obama the Palestinians would return to talks if Israel submitted its
proposal on borders and security,
After talks ended in January without agreement, Abbas is preparing to
send a letter to Israel and the international community outlining the
basis for a Palestinian state and reiterating demands that Israel
stop settlement building.
Erekat said Abbas briefed Obama on the letter, which will outline his
position that Israel is responsible for the failure of the peace
Ha’aretz reported on Tuesday that Obama urged Abbas not to include a
threat to dismantle the Palestinian Authority in his communiqué.
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that Abbas also discussed
the deal reached with Hamas in Doha last month to establish an
interim government to oversee new elections. The agreement has since
stalled amid criticism from Hamas’ Gaza-based leadership. (© 2012
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