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US envoy to PLO official: 'My door is always open to Palestinians'

Feb. 3, 2019 11:48 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2019 9:40 A.M.)
WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- The United States Special Envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted "Dr. Ashrawi - my door is always open to the PA and Palestinians to speak,” in response to Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi’s remarks.

Greenblatt’s tweet came in response to Ashrawi, who wrote that a tweet can never be a “substitute for a serious engagement in search of genuine solutions,” referring to US officials.

Ashrawi wrote, “Twitter diplomacy/policy is the triumph of narrow minds, anemic intellects & minuscule attention spans, precluding thorough & responsible analytical/critical interactions that are honest, contextual & insightful. We are witnessing the global ramifications of this failure.”

She added, “The instant gratification of a tweet can never be a substitute for a serious engagement in search of genuine solutions. Those who think they’re transmitting knowledge, political solutions or negotiating positions via Twitter are ‘engaged’ only in self deception.”

In response, Greenblatt wrote, “Dr. Ashrawi- my door is always open to the PA & Palestinians to speak.”

He continued, “In fact, I’ve met many Palestinians over the past 14 months & continue to. I’m happy to meet anytime- you, Saeb (Saeb Erekat, the Secretary General of PLO) & all your colleagues are ALWAYS welcome to visit me at the White House to speak in person.”

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