Trump to speak by phone with Abbas for first time since inauguration

The Palestinian leader is expected to bring up the issue of moving the Israeli US embassy to Jerusalem, a move he strictly opposes.
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A phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is expected to take place on Friday, the White House said. This will be the first time the two leaders speak since Trump's inauguration.

This conversation comes amid repeated statements by Trump that his administration will favorably consider moving the US embassy To Jerusalem, a move that might be viewed as the official American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Two months ago, Abbas claimed such a move would "destroy the peace process."

According to European media reports, Abbas has also asked Russia's president Vladimir Putin for his assistance in thwarting the move.

Last month, Abbas met in Ramallah with the new director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo. The two discussed issues such as settlements, the two-state solution and the general security situation in the region.

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