Biden to Abbas: Hamas must stop firing rockets at Israel

US Pres. Biden speaks with PA chairman Abbas, emphasizes renewed US funding and need for two-state solution as an end to conflict.

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US Pres. Joe Biden and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
US Pres. Joe Biden and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
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US President Joe Biden spoke Saturday with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to convey the US commitment to strengthening the US-PA partnership.

The two discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the PA and Gaza, and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Biden updated Abbas on US diplomatic engagement on the ongoing conflict and stressed the need for Hamas to cease firing rockets into Israel.

He also emphasized concern over innocent civilians, including children, who have tragically lost their lives amidst the ongoing violence, as well as support for steps to enable the PA Arabs to "enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve."

In that regard, Biden highlighted the recent US decision to resume assistance to the PA, including economic and humanitarian assistance both to the PA and Gaza, and his "strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution" of the Israeli-Arab conflict.