Israeli PM and Palestinian Presidents Speak in Rare Phone Calls Ahead Biden Visit To Region

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke on Friday in rare phone calls ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region.

During the talks, the two sides spoke about the continuation of cooperation and the “need to ensure quiet and calm.”

Lapid’s office said in a statement that Abbas congratulated Lapid on taking on the role of Prime Minister, and Lapid wished Abbas a happy Eid al-Adha.

Lapid’s phone calls with Abbas come less than 24 hours after Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Abbas late on Thursday in the occupied West Bank.

A senior Palestinian Official, Hussein al-Sheikh said that Abbas in the meeting stressed the importance of creating a political horizon, respecting the signed agreements and stopping the actions and measures that lead to the deterioration of the situation.

“Mr. President Abbas also stressed on the importance of preparing the calm atmosphere before President Biden’s visit, which we welcome,” al-Sheikh tweeted.

Taking to twitter, Gantz said that Thursday’s meeting with Abbas in Ramallah “was conducted in positive terms” and that the two discussed “civilian and security challenges” in the region and agreed to continue close security coordination to avoid actions that may cause instability.

Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz are the top Israili officials who spoke with Paliestian President in five years.

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