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Abbas, King Abdullah II discuss Arab summit in 2nd phone call in 24 hours

March 11, 2017 4:58 P.M. (Updated: March 13, 2017 7:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II held a second phone call together on Saturday afternoon within a span of 24 hours.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that Abbas discussed preparations for the upcoming Arab League Summit with Abdullah, expected to be held in the Jordanian capital of Amman by the end of the month.

Wafa also reported that Abbas had informed Abdullah that US President Donald Trump, who the Palestinian leader had his first phone call with on Friday, had confirmed that his administration would remain committed to a "real peace process."

On Friday,
spokesperson for the Palestinian presidency Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that Trump said he would invite Abbas to the White House “very soon” in order to discuss strategies of “relaunching the peace process,” while stressing his commitment to supporting “any process that could lead to real peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”

According to Abu Rudeineh, Abbas confirmed his commitment to peace during the phone call and his support for establishing an independent Palestinian state next to an Israeli state as the most practical strategy for ending the decades-long conflict in the region.

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