To reaffirm support in Peace Plan, Obama calls both Netanyahu & Abbas

The Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted Abbas’ spokesman as saying that Obama emphasized the need to exploit the current opportunity & keep up the momentum.



WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Thursday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a White House official said, as the United States seeks to keep up the momentum toward peace negotiations.
US President Obama on the phone [illustrative]

US President Obama on the phone [illustrative] – Photo: Reuters / White House

Days after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended a three-year void and met in Washington with Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama talked to both Abbas and Netanyahu. Details of the discussions were expected later in the day.US President Barack Obama reportedly stressed his support to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the phone late Thursday evening, official PA news agency WAFA reported.

WAFA quoted Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina as saying that Obama also emphasized the need to exploit the current opportunity by acting fast to keep up the momentum.

Abbas, for his part, stressed the Palestinian commitment to a two-state solution and the need to reach a solution in the nearest time possible, the report said.